Writing and the moon—a growing poem

blurry photo of the moon in a clear sky and other round reflections
The many moons of a writing night

blinded by moonlight
how gingerly I write
breath like a tiny gong


it is impossible for you
to write about the moon—
madam, you are the moon


morning moon
rolls her eye at another
metaphoric flourish

~ rachel mcalpine ~

Poems about writing and the moon

These poems about writing and the moon are breeding like rabbits. Maybe they are breeding in your brain too…

16 thoughts on “Writing and the moon—a growing poem

  1. There are so many poems about the moon because people never tire of gazing at the moon!

    1. Rachel McAlpine says:

      Even the word is hypnotic

  2. So soon the moon is full again
    but no-one knows, or can explain
    who empties it?

    1. Rachel McAlpine says:

      I knew you would have a moon poem

  3. She and I regularly exchange greetings.

  4. judithhb says:

    How bright the sky looks when the moon decides to visit in all her glory. And just like Peter, I wonder who empties the moon and where to?

    1. Rachel McAlpine says:

      So that’s not just an illusion? Curiouser and curiouser…

  5. I love your little moon dips.

  6. Ally Bean says:

    When I think of the moon in a poem I break into a recitation of ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas: “the moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow gave a luster of midday to objects below.” I cannot recite more of that poem, but there you go. I learned something in elementary school.

    1. Rachel McAlpine says:

      That describes last night’s full moon pretty well for me. (Except no snow.) It keeps me awake for the time it takes to traverse my bedroom window. Saying, I suppose, look at me, look at me!

    2. Rachel McAlpine says:

      And how about “the road was a ribbon of moonlight” in The Highwayman, another poem learned by heart by thousands of schoolchildren.

      1. Ally Bean says:

        That one I don’t know by heart. Maybe I was out sick the week it was taught!

      2. Rachel McAlpine says:

        More a British teacher’s choice, maybe

  7. Jaya Avendel says:

    These two little poems are gorgeous in their imagery and individuality! Loving the first one’s use of the word ‘gingerly’. It makes me perk up a little. 🙂

  8. alison41 says:

    I loved #100 . Thank you for a perfect pearl of a poem.

    1. Rachel McAlpine says:

      Thank you Alison.

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