The moon, tosses her red cape,
rises for attention, silver-gowned goddess
can be kindly or fierce. She is hunter and protector.
Some dream under her spell,
but geese journey south with honking chatter,
their giant V sparkles in her light,
and owl with silent wing-whoosh soars,
a silhouetted form, a traveler in the night.
For dVerse, where Sarah has given us a list of moon names as a prompt. How can I resist a moon prompt? I’m using Kerfe Roig’s beautiful image again, which popped into my head as soon as I read the prompt.
You and Jane are giving my painting new life. We are all travelers in that night I think. (K)
One of my favorite paintings of yours, Kerfe.
Yes, we are all travelers in the night.
This is the best description of the Canada geese migration I’ve ever read. The “moon” connection is superb: “their giant V sparkles in her light.” Thanks, Merril.
Wow–thank you for your very kind words, Marian! 💙
I thought I recognized Kerfe’s owl! My favorite image in this poem is the moon’s tossing her red cape to become a silver-gowned goddess.
Thank you so much, Liz.
This is one of my favorite pieces of Kerfe art.
You’re welcome, Merril.
So many moon mentions! And, yes, those geese.
Thank you–and for the lovely, moony prompt.
A lovely poetic interpretation of the Traveler’s Moon, I have enjoyed that full moon in many countries round the world. A beacon.
Thank you very much, Helen.
“silver-gowned goddess” sounds so royal and formal for out moon. Yet she is a worker her, not aloof.
Your Kerfe Roig painting is wonderful, very Modern Art looking.
Thank you for peeking in on me. Yes, I’ll use it for a Halloween poem, thank you all for the suggestions.
Thank you, Jim!
This is beautiful Merill — wonderfully peaceful feeling, like the gentleness of night can be. 🙂✌🏼❤️
Thank you so much, Rob! 💙💙
Such wonderful imagery of the moon and the fowls… I would like to be there listening to the owl
Thank you very much.
I’ve only heard owls here a few times–but memorable!
This is breathtakingly beautiful work, Merril! 😍😍 The painting by Kerfe is a wonderful accompaniment!
Thank you very much, Sanaa! 💙💙
Bravo!!! Luv it.
Thank you so much, Gillena! 💙
Beautiful and such a gorgeous artwork too.
Thank you, Rene. This is one of my most favorite of Kerfe’s paintings.
It’s gorgeous and worthy of your beautiful poetry.
Beautifully done, Merril. Your first verse made me think of the Tango! Perhaps we should have a Tango Moon! :>)
Thank you so much, Dwight.
A tangoing moon–I like it! 🙂
The painting is mystical (and glorious), and you add to that feeling with your poem.
Thank you very much, Pam!
So sorry I’ve only just got around to reading and commenting on your poem, Merril, I’ve been catching up on the quadrilles! I love your traveller’s moon in her red cape and silver gown, so seductive, and I love that you too have geese and owl travellers.
Thank you very much, Kim. I’m still catching up, too. 🙂
I like “silent wing-whoosh” in particular
Thank you so much, Derrick!
You used Kerfe’s painting too! It’s a must now for moon and owl poems.
I thought of it right away, and when I saw you had used it (in my e-mail preview), I almost didn’t. But yes, it is a must!🙂
I always feel that if Kerfe’s owl is on the page, the words are pretty secondary 🙂
That is true, but I also want to *try* to do justice to that owl.
I know what you mean. An owl with owl-worthy words.
She is gorgeous dressed in your words! 💙
What a lovely thing to write, Punam! Thank you so much! 💙
How wonderful to think of that owl, traveling silently through the moonlit night…
Thank you, Ingrid! It is a sort of magical image.