Harvest Moon ~ Part Two: Just before the break of Dawn

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Misgivings.
Isn’t that what the moon is antonym of?
Refined, its sugars are absorbed into the bloodstream
almost immediately;
draping
what little is left of breath, of light that longs to become one
with being—
I am cobalt etched, a glorious panoply of sensual scrawling(s)
ranging to mauve-blue, from buttercup yellow to rose.
Bend me over to the edge of the moon
and watch
as body arches toward its direction, its ways—
the virtuous, the chaste, the naïve, the unsullied aren’t afraid
of what sends shivers down the spine;
a leaf in a hurricane,
we are equipped to run miles in a universe of pleasure and pain.
Nobody notices it at first;
pristine, its crevice large lures and later covers with memory.
I dare not cross the bridge knowing “never,” is a garland
waiting on the other side—
like an addicted smoker who inhales poetry, I can’t get enough
of his verse;
the moon, dressed in red velvet, in turn exchanges a smile.

 

 

 

Photo credits: Aaron Westerberg, “Kimono.” Pinterest

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A Skylover Wordlist: Shiver, bridge, refine, etch, leaf,
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36 Replies to “Harvest Moon ~ Part Two: Just before the break of Dawn”

  1. Hi there again Sanaa, Deliciously written as ever. As you develop the piece, you conjure something so mystical and knowing that I’m struggling right now to define it – but I feel it, for sure… Which I guess is just about as much praise as you can ever give a poet!
    Bravo, this is virtuoso writing….

  2. “Bend me over to the edge of the moon and watch as body arches toward its direction, its ways—
    the virtuous, the chaste, the naïve, the unsullied aren’t afraid of what sends shivers down the spine” — what a great few lines, so sensual and anticipatory. Well composed! ~Jason

  3. I love this line:
    “we are equipped to run miles in a universe of pleasure and pain.”
    We are conditioned to believe we are hobbled, but it is not so.
    It was very nice seeing you today and so glad you recorded your poem here as my audio was cutting out badly.

  4. I love this paean to the poetry of the moon! I really enjoyed hearing you read it last night, just a shame about the siren at the end. Thank you for including the recording so I could hear your recitation clearly. My favourite lines:
    ‘what sends shivers down the spine;
    a leaf in a hurricane,
    we are equipped to run miles in a universe of pleasure and pain.’
    Yes we are, indeed.

  5. This is a stunningly beautiful capture of moonlight and sensuality, Sanaa, etched with cobalt and tinged with mauve-blue, buttercup yellow, rose and velvet red. I love all the ‘mm’ sounds scattered throughout and the lines:
    ‘Bend me over to the edge of the moon
    and watch
    as body arches toward its direction…’
    I enjoyed the reading too.

  6. This is a complex and beautiful poem, rich with image and wisdom. Wonderful to hear you read it, and a pleasure to share Thursday’s “live” OMN — trust there will be many more. 🙂

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