A Reason for the Cliché
We track its phases,
cockeyed grin to full-faced smile,
worm to strawberry,
becomes a wolf,
its changing form a constant
reflecting the sun, lighting the night
guiding owls and tides,
with silvered gleam, it sings
lullabies for the sleepless,
a source of poets’ dreams.
A quadrille for my dVerse prompt. The prompt word is track.
a gorgeous ode to the moon – so well tracked through its seasonal names
“guiding owls and tides,” what a great line!!
Thank you very much, Laura! 💙
What a wonderful way to describe the moon and what it does to the world around us, to owls.
Thank you very much, Björn!
Lune-aliciously delivered, Merril. Thanks.
Thank you, Ron.
Oh I love this! Such a clever take and very not a cliche
Thank you so much! I’m pleased you think so.
Wow! I luv moon poems and yours is sheer delight
Happy you dropped by my blog today.
Thank you very much, Gillena, and you are welcome. 💙
Lovely ode, Merril, and not clichéd at all! 💙
Thank you very much, Punam. 💙
As you say, there are reasons for writing about the moon. All of them good ones. I especially like:
worm to strawberry,
becomes a wolf,
I’ve seen things about not writing about birds, the moon, and whatever else. But I’ll just keep on. 🙂
I have too, but those things aren’t clichés in themselves, they’re part of our humanity. Everything of importance has been talked over for centuries. We just have to find original ways of expressing them.
Yes, you’re right, of course. That’s what I think, too. It always seems ridiculous not to be able to write about a particular subject.
You can write terrible poetry without using a single cliché, so why pick on the moon?
A wonderful poem today and so vivid, your really talented! Xx
Thank you so much! That’s so very kind. 💙
My favorite part is “worm to strawberry, / becomes a wolf”
Love all the names of each month’s full moon!
Thank you very much!
I like the full moon names, too.
“Lullabies for the sleepless”… beautiful!
Thank you very much, Susan! 😊
Yes, the eternal fascination with the moon. I have the same madness. This was wonderful Merril! 🙂✌🏼❤️
Thank you so much, Rob! And it’s funny because I mostly see the moon early in the morning because I go to bed early. 🙂🌝❤️
I howl at full moon; grow fangs and bite ladies on the neck.
The skies, “Falling Stars” are active in October and the first days of November, the Orionids meteorites.
Thanks for the nice prompt, I had a honey-do favor to perform in the middle of my write and then also the BIL called just as I was ready to post.
Thank you, Jim.
Lovely moon poem.
I like the part about lullabies. Ever since I was very young I’ve felt the moon looks out for me at night and I still feel reassured, as I did then, when I wake up at night and it’s there to guide me back to sleep.
I’m pleased I made you think that. I’m such a morning person, and I usually sleep pretty well–but it is comforting to see her.
Yes, I also sleep well and wake up early and I like to think that among other things it is because I am safe under the moon’s eye! Ever since I was little somehow that has comforted me.
That is such a lovely thought. 💙
Beautiful tribute poem to Bella Luna!
Thank you, Lisa!
You’re welcome, Merril.
Your poem brings to mind a long-ago discussion by one of my writing or lit professors that cliches become cliches for a reason. Now that I think about it, the moon appears quite a bit in my recent fiction as a reflection of how a character is feeling.
Thank you, Liz. Yes, you’re right that there’s a reason why cliches become cliches. 🙂
You’re welcome, Merril. 🙂
It’s always there to wax poetic about in any phase, any form! 🌘🌗🌖🌚
Thank you, Tricia. You are so right! 💙
Lullabies for the sleepless–that would be me…(k)
I think I may have imagined you seeing the moon from your window. 💙
It’s good company.
I love the whole poem, Merril, from title to final lline! I especially love the ‘cockeyed grin to full-faced smile’ and the moon’s ‘lullabies for the sleepless’ – yes, they are ‘a source of poets’ dreams’.
Thank you so much for your lovely comment, Kim! 💙
You’re more than welcome, Merril!
Such a great poem Merril! Like the other Kim, I love all of it. You have acprured the Moon so well.
Thank you so much, Kim! 🙂
How beautiful, Merril. You captured the real essence of the moon!
Thank you very much, Colleen!
You’re most welcome.
So true, all of this. That we have names for its many faces speaks to the moon’s importance in our lives.
Thank you, Ken. That’s an excellent point!
Wonderful description of the moon!!! Love every word here….and every phase of the moon as well!
Thank you very much Lillian!
That ole devil moon … you brought it to life!!! Beautiful poem, Merril.
Thank you so much, Helen! 😊
“cockeyed grin to full-face smile”….I especially love that description, Merril and the image created with the owl. Title? Well that’s spot on. I think there are some things, like the magic of the moon that respectfully deserve those cliches.
Thank you very much for your lovely comment, Mish!
This reads like a lullaby-so lovely Merril 😊
Thank you very much, Ingrid. 😊
And this, this, is why I relate so much to the moon. Moonfully brilliant.
Thank you, Pam! 🌝
What a wonderful ode to the moon!
Thank you so much! 😊
While we track the moon, the moon tracks others. Love this, Merril!
Oh, thank you so much! 😊