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The Names of the Moon
by Alex Grehy
The ancients honoured each full moon
with a name, as if they might be spared the
dooms they brought, more constant
than the seasons.
Wolf Moon shines on winter starvation
Snow Moon scourges with killing cold
Worm Moon offers life, yet gives none
Pink Moon brings beautiful but sterile blossom
Hare Moon speeds by too fast for planting seed
Hot Moon brings drought to blight the land
Thunder Moon’s storms swirls the dust
Red Moon’s haze obscures the stars
Harvest Moon has nothing to reap
Hunter’s Moon brings death on swift arrows
Frost Moon welcomes winter’s long nights.
They honoured them with names,
as if each moon’s cold, indifferent
malice might be turned to mercy.
But what of the moon they dare not name,
the vast moon that dissolves into the sea,
so lovely that the heart aches at its passing?
The moon that beguiles lovers
walking hand-in-hand along the shore.
The moon that lays a shining path
between sailors and their wives,
calling, calling, “Come to me. Come to me.”
and so the ripping tides respond.
The setting moon that steals one soul of two,
that rises half-unseen, mocking the lover
left behind with its wholeness.
Fiction © Copyright Alex Grehy
Image courtesy of Pixabay.com
More from author Alex Grehy:
After a lifetime of writing technical non-fiction, Alex Grey is fulfilling her dream of writing poems and stories that engage the reader’s emotions. Her work has been featured by a wide range of publications including Siren’s Call, Raconteur, Bookends Review, and Toasted Cheese. One of her comic poems is also available via a worldwide network of public fiction dispensers managed by French publisher, Short Edition. Her ingredients for contentment are narrow boating, greyhounds, singing and chocolate. It is a sweet life, yet Alex’ original view of the world has led to her best friend to say ‘For someone so lovely, you’re very twisted!
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