Full Moon Grace

Today Paul is hosting at the dVerse Pub. He is asking us to write about grace.  Happy New Year to you all. May we all be blessed with grace.  This is also for Sanaa at Real Toads.

Full Moon Grace
the night is bitter cold:
minus one degree farenheit.
I watch the first full moon of 2018 rise –
a wolf moon –
sitting on my back steps
I blend into the shadows.
out of the deeper shadows comes a ginger cat
followed hesitantly by a black and white cat.
hey tentatively look around and
approach the pan holding food.
I do not know where these cats came from.
It doesn’t matter.
They need food. I supply it.
The neighbor behind me earlier
this month shot two cats I had been feeding.
they were sons of Nobody’s Cat.
He also shot a neighbor’s dog
and another neighbor’s cat.
Rage as cold as this night swept through me.
I called the police.
They investigated.
This human will go on trial tomorrow.
Justice will be had.

I wish for grace to fall upon us all
as the moonlight washes the night in silver,
I wish for grace in the new year
to all creatures, all animals, all humans.
I wish for justice.
I pray for grace.
The cats fade away, full of food
to wherever they have found a place to keep warm.
Grace be unto you,
I whisper.



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34 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. paul scribbles
    Jan 02, 2018 @ 15:27:35

    The final stanza, a prayer, is so beautiful a way to close.


  2. Gospel Isosceles
    Jan 02, 2018 @ 15:28:52

    And [whispering] grace be unto you.


  3. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)
    Jan 02, 2018 @ 15:38:24

    good news that he goes on trial… amazing that he thought he could take the right to shoot like that… love the closing.


    • kanzensakura
      Jan 02, 2018 @ 15:43:37

      I know Bjorn. Just like a serial killer of sorts. My other neighbors are uniting in taking a stand against him and also have their own photos as evidence that will be submitted along with witnesses. this man is in for a world of hurt. I’d personally love to see him stripped naked and tied outside on such a bitter night.


  4. revivedwriter
    Jan 02, 2018 @ 15:47:38

    Beautiful. Also, I love the descriptions of the cats and the line, “It doesn’t matter. They need food. I supply it.”


  5. Janice
    Jan 02, 2018 @ 15:51:43

    I am glad you (assuming it’s not fiction) were able to get that person arrested. Your prayer is a beautiful response to murder and all the other darkness that torments this world.


  6. Sherry Blue Sky
    Jan 02, 2018 @ 16:08:18

    “I wish for justice. I pray for grace.” Me too, Toni. Thank you for reporting that BEAST who shot the animals. OMG. And for your kindness to homeless animals. And for your poem and your prayer.


    • kanzensakura
      Jan 02, 2018 @ 16:12:48

      Thank you Sherry. I prefer to call him a monster as beast implies animal. He is a mobster. A serial killer. In this county, monsters get their just desserts…in spades. Thank you for your caring spirit about the earth, the people and animals in it.


  7. alisonhankinson
    Jan 02, 2018 @ 16:22:15

    I hope there will be justices and I mourned the sons of Nobody’s cat with you. XXX Sending you love.


  8. Vivian Zems
    Jan 02, 2018 @ 17:07:03

    This is poignant but also filled with hope. That awful neighbour!!


  9. Jane Dougherty
    Jan 02, 2018 @ 17:12:37

    Your neighbour could do with a bit of gun control, I’d say. Lovely tribute to the cats.


  10. Frank J. Tassone
    Jan 02, 2018 @ 18:16:00

    “I wish for justice. I pray for grace.” This line alone elevates your sublime work into a heartfelt prayer. Lovely, Toni! Thank you.


  11. lillian
    Jan 02, 2018 @ 18:38:09

    I am with you on the porch — yes.
    Cruelty in those killings — how can someone do that??
    And then the shift you make in tone — to the calm, the serenity, the moon, the wishing for peace and serenity and grace. Beautifully sensitive in its feelings, this write.


  12. Frank Hubeny
    Jan 02, 2018 @ 19:24:16

    I hope the situation resolves gracefully.


  13. rothpoetry
    Jan 02, 2018 @ 22:00:29

    Beautiful! Perhaps the advent of Grace for all is forgiveness?
    I too saw that beautiful moon!!


    • kanzensakura
      Jan 02, 2018 @ 22:27:28

      It faith? Thank you for reading and commenting. We are lucky this jan. 2018…we have a full moon and a super moon in one and in Jan 31, we have a blue moon…a second full moon in the same month. I am wishing for you a happy New year!


  14. kim881
    Jan 03, 2018 @ 03:07:19

    Nobody’s Cat lives on in the strays, Toni. I’m surprised you aren’t howling at the wolf moon in your rage. I hope that man is not granted grace. I agree that the final stanza is like a prayer.Keep feeding the cats, they need your grace!


  15. sanaarizvi
    Jan 03, 2018 @ 05:08:04

    “I wish for justice. I pray for grace.” Sigh… me too, Toni. I have always deemed those cruel who have killed! Thank you for reporting him to the police.


  16. annell4
    Jan 03, 2018 @ 09:33:49

    Such a beautiful poem!!! My eyes were moist with tears. Thank you, and may you also have a Happy New Year!


  17. ladynyo
    Jan 04, 2018 @ 01:15:39

    Oh, Toni. How horrible that neighbor. How horrible Nobody’s Cat’s kittens were killed by this monster. How lovely your tribute/poem to grace. And how courageous you are and what grace you have. Blessings, dear heart.


    • kanzensakura
      Jan 04, 2018 @ 09:36:36

      He got his. He was fine $10k for animal cruelty or 6 months in jail. He whined that he didn’t have the money. The judge said, then start your 6 months. I am showing you more mercy than you showed to those animals you killed.

      I wish it had been life but….

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      • ladynyo
        Jan 04, 2018 @ 10:17:47

        Wow. Good. The bastard deserved life. Here? The judge would have dismissed or given a 100.00 fine. Georgia is SO backward on animal cruelty. I took a woman three times to court and the judge kept reschedulijg. The dog? He disappeared…into the mawls of their society. But they did move. Again. Georgia hasn’t joined civilization but you got fools who call the cops because someone stole their dope. Geez.


  18. Rosemary Nissen-Wade
    Jan 04, 2018 @ 02:58:52

    To wish for justice and pray for grace – yes!


  19. merrildsmith
    Jan 04, 2018 @ 13:30:23

    I’m glad that horrible man will stand trial.
    There is a contrast between your description of him, and the sort of dreamy serenity that ends the poem.


  20. Victoria C. Slotto
    Jan 05, 2018 @ 18:33:24

    There is such contrast here–between your gentle love of animals and the vicious choice of your neighbor. He could have called animal rescue. Well expressed. (Grrr-let us know what happens).


    • kanzensakura
      Jan 05, 2018 @ 19:26:29

      He was sentenced to pay a $10k fine (2500 per dead animal) or 6 mos in jzil.. He said he didn’t have 10k. So he is now serving 6 mos in jail. I feel sorry for his 10 year old son who is now in the care of his grandparents. Good decent people. Hopefully it will help him. He’s a nice kid. He often visits the young man next door…severely disabled with cerebral palsy…He wheels him up and down the road here to get him out of the house and to get fresh air. These are our Swedish neighbors to the right of us. Nice folks.


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