Something about the Moon

Edvard Munch, “Moonlight”

Something about the Moon

Sometimes good glows like a beacon, even in the evilest times. It’s the lopsided grin of the moon beaming through treetops. That moon and I became old friends. It made me feel the world would go on, even if I didn’t survive. But there were good people, too. One of them was Marie. I’m headed to her old farm now, hoping to find some clues.

As I turn from the dirt road, I see the old house is still standing. I walk around to the back door, stumble, and . . .

am lost in swirling images and memories. Through the deep caves of thought I hear a voice that sings a children’s song. Marie drove us crazy singing Au Clair de la Lune over and over.

I open my eyes. Look at the woman standing beside me, “Marie? I thought you were dead.”

For dVerse prosery, continuing my spy series. Using the line, “Through the deep caves of thought I hear a voice that sings:—” from Oliver Wendell Holmes. I made up Marie singing, and then discovered there’s a real song that fits.

53 thoughts on “Something about the Moon

  1. Edvard Munch’s paintings are so spooky, at least the ones that I’ve seen so far. Your story was very interesting. You told it in a way that kept me wondering what was going to happen next. And the ending was fabulous.

  2. I didn’t even notice the line of poetry! My theory up in smoke 🙂 This was a surprising section. It’s not often than you leave us in suspense quite like that. At least we have a portrait of Marie.

  3. Wonderful! I’m with Jane, I had to go back and “find” the line as I never noticed it, you incorporated it so well.
    And yes, this is a children’s song we sang all the time when we were young. 🙂

      • Good gleaming like a beacon even in the evilest times-
        Her policies suck, but her decency in standing up honestly for the republic, against trump is powerful.
        You thought Marie was dead – Sometimes I worry about the USA dying. In a sense, one party is already dead…. seemingly.
        Then she’s alive. It feels like the USA will survive.

        Possibly I made that connection because she’s been in the news a lot lately, especially the last couple of days, and lost to a trumper.

        And it is part of your spy story. Lotsa spies in politics.

        Also, my brain is not normal.

      • Hahaha. OK.
        Yes, the primary in Wyoming was yesterday. I agree that I don’t like her politics, but she is decent and horrified at those who are trying to destroy the government (even if she vote with them most of the time).

  4. Merril, her presence is unquestioningly there. I like the way you left whether or not Marie is alive or not open to the reader’s interpretation. Nice use of the prompt line!

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