Writing by Moonlight

There is something softly romantic about

Writing by moonlight

The bright silvery-white gleam

illuminating the world with the brightness of day

accompanied by the cool tranquility of night.

A sharp shadow falls across the notebook page,

Perfectly outlining the shape of my curled fingers and sleek ballpoint pen,

a shadow meeting its mirror

exactly where the flow of words fronts its way across the page.

The vast array of crickets in the acres and acres

surrounding this bare exposed mountain view

provide a background drone to the symphony of night.

A flying pair of six-legged maestros attempt musical harmony near my ear,

buzzing not quite a perfect fifth apart.

Finally, the cry of a loon breaks the quiet,

echoing over the silver hills in front of me.

I sense the small feeling on my arm

of a mosquito going in for a bite,

and a quick light blow sends it flying away.

The small breeze of a mild wind gust rolls through,

bringing in a sweet smell from somewhere far away,

carrying off the bugs and ruffling my hair a bit.

The moon is bright, illuminating the land like the daytime sun,

which set exactly as the moon rose over opposite mountains this past evening.

Colors are visible, though shadows are long

as the moon sits just above southern mountains.

Though this great light rules the sky,

stars have still come out to share room on the dome of the heavens,

forming constellations and figures above;

modern-day images made with light hundreds of years old.

My love rests peacefully under the moonlight,

smiling in her beauty sleep just a short distance away.

Little does she know of a poem being written especially for her

under the gleam of bright heavenly bodies, so fitting.

It is much cooler now than during the day,

even if not darker.

A chill runs through the air,

and I pull the folds of my sleeping bag in more tightly for warmth.

Closing the notebook, I put it down for one last look at the sky.

Shortly, my head will nod and I will drift off to sleep again.


There is something softly romantic about writing by moonlight.

-WBT, 2006


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