The Moon in my Yard

Today at ReaL Toads, #30 in 30, Sanaa is giving us the The A L’ Arora, a form created by Laura Lamarca consists of eight lined stanzas. The rhyme scheme is a, b, c, d, e, f, g, f with no syllable count per line and the minimum length for the poem is 4 stanzas with no maximum length stipulation. You can also opt to write one or two stanzas in case you find the length a bit overwhelming. I chose two stanzas hoping to keep this short.


The Moon in my Yard

My yard is bathed in cold silver light,
the moon looks down at me, I look back.
Sitting on my steps I watch ragged clouds ghost
across its cold face.
In daylight, clusters of wisteria hang in
fragrant fountains of lavender.
Tonight in moonlight, they are white shrouds
hanging limp and torn.

No full moon madness here.
Only melancholy sighs and empty musings.
What was is vanished.
Whited out by moonlight, colored dreams
morph into pale wraiths
of what was and is no more,
what is and nothing more.
Truth and cold light.

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15 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. sanaarizvi
    Apr 08, 2018 @ 13:51:27

    You describe beautifully both the allure and melancholy of the full moon, Toni 💜 Especially love; “clusters of wisteria hang in fragrant fountains of lavender.” Thank you so much for writing to the prompt.💜

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  2. Shawna
    Apr 08, 2018 @ 14:55:08

    This is gorgeous — especially the wisteria.

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  3. Neeraj Khanka
    Apr 08, 2018 @ 15:11:46

    I especially loved the lines :
    “Only melancholy sighs and empty musings.
    What was is vanished.”
    – the sadness and emptiness…

    Reply

  4. Victoria C. Slotto
    Apr 08, 2018 @ 16:31:23

    This creates such a poignant melancholy mood. For me, the last three lines are “stellar:”
    of what was and is no more,
    what is and nothing more.
    Truth and cold light.

    Reply

  5. ayala
    Apr 08, 2018 @ 16:57:49

    Sad and beautifully done.

    Reply

  6. elleceef
    Apr 08, 2018 @ 17:46:25

    So sad, mourning for another time. The feeling from the moonlight portrayed so well 🙂

    Reply

  7. Marilyn Cavicchia
    Apr 08, 2018 @ 18:20:31

    Lovely! I especially like “ghost” as a verb. And the wisteria wraiths.

    Reply

  8. Kerry O'Connor
    Apr 09, 2018 @ 01:25:25

    I love the way you described the purple wisteria turning white in moonlight.

    Reply

  9. Rosemary Nissen-Wade
    Apr 09, 2018 @ 04:03:09

    Very, very beautiful.

    Reply

  10. Margaret Elizabeth Bednar
    Apr 09, 2018 @ 14:05:38

    Whited out by moonlight, colored dreams
    morph into pale wraiths

    Oh the Moon puts us in all sorts of moods, doesn’t it? Beautiful.

    Reply

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