Reaching

Dark clouds murmur,
“Cover the moon, we’ll guard her secrets.”

“No, smash it right now, like crystal confetti!”

The wolves are obsessed
they pant for her now
and run to the river
where moonbeams dance
ensnaring once more

Hide their eyes
in this twilight world
full of tawdry reflection

melt the moon in my hands
and I’ll squash half-truths
cleanse the sin from the sea

we’ll trade sharp teeth
for malachite lips

and blow kisses at Mars
till he howls, “No more.”


Click to hear me read, “Reaching”
Photo by Kaique Rocha on Pexels.com

Ingrid hosts Tuesday Poetics at dVerse Poets Pub where we are exploring  Oral Poetry

  • Begin to compose a poem without putting pen to paper: you can say the words in your head, or repeat them out loud. Record them, if you wish, as an aid to memory. Try to complete the poem as far as possible without writing it down. Think about the devices discussed above: regular rhythms, repeated phrases or ‘motifs’, alliteration and rhyme schemes – anything to aid the memory and help the words to flow. Alternatively, why not compose a stream-of-consciousness poem orally, recording the words as they come to you?
  • There are no strict rules here, but do try to compose at least some of the poem without writing it down immediately, perhaps stanza by stanza. Once you have written it down, read it aloud to yourself, and think about any improvements you could make: a kind of oral editing process.
  • Once you have composed your poem, you can do one (or both) of the following:
    – Make an audio/video recording of your poem and post it to your blog.
    – Transcribe your poem, so we can read the finished version. Don’t forget to link up to Mr Linky below, and link back dVerse in your post.

  Come join us!

34 thoughts on “Reaching

  1. Whoaaaaa!!! This is absolutely exquisite, Tricia 😀 I so loved hearing you read this gem. These lines in particular stood out for me; “melt the moon in my hands and I’ll squash half-truths cleanse the sin from the sea.”💝💝

  2. Tricia,
    I agree with Dwight — those two lines are the zinger in this lyrical ballad. Enjoyed hearing you read it, but you could very well have sung its measures!
    pax,
    dora

  3. This is jam-packed with wonderful celestial imagery – a short poem which really packs a moonlit punch. I especially love:

    ‘melt the moon in my hands
    and I’ll squash half-truths
    cleanse the sin from the sea’

    And it was wonderful to hear you read, thank you Tricia!

  4. The wolves are so beautifully portrayed. So sorry I could not hear your read. WordPress and Blogger didn’t seem to want to communicate.

  5. “The wolves are obsessed
    they pant for her now
    and run to the river
    where moonbeams dance
    ensnaring once more

    nice smooth rhythm, all those wors sounded good together. i like the way the tone changed thru out the poem, nice movement.

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