Safe at Home

For Lillian’s Quadrille prompt at dVerse. A quadrille is a poem of exactly 44 words built around the prompted word which today is “harbor”.  Will also be posting on Real Toads Tuesday Platform.

Safe at Home

“Maybe my little brother, maybe I would wake up and look out the window at the night sky and suddenly it would fill with stars and golden mist, and we’d pretend for a second we were somehow deep inside the Milky May, a million winking lights, but we knew where we really were. We were almost home.” Anthony Bourdain, Parts Unknown New Jersey

The moon has sailed the night skies
of September, slowly moving through
the black waters sparkling with stars.
It has sailed through storms and calms
until at last it harbors itself
glowing, rich,
full and fecund –
Pulled up at the place known as home.

September full moon

51 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. The Course of Our Seasons
    Sep 24, 2018 @ 15:30:24

    I love the quote and your beautiful write, Toni, – and what a word – fecund – it may find a harbor in one of my poems soon *smiles*


  2. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)
    Sep 24, 2018 @ 15:31:05

    Oh the full-moon is up… I saw it almost like this last night before I went to bed… a sense of fulfillment in that moon of September.


  3. Jo
    Sep 24, 2018 @ 15:48:17

    What a lovely write about the lovely moon!


  4. lillian
    Sep 24, 2018 @ 16:02:18

    I LOVE the idea of the moon sailing….and the use of ‘harbor” as a verb here….so beautifully writ, Toni! 🙂
    PS: I think I must read some books by and about Anthony Bourdain!


    • kanzensakura
      Sep 24, 2018 @ 16:07:02

      He was quite a guy. I sat and watched the program last night on CNN, his last as the narrator. I wept at the end of it, the last tidbit he left behind. I would watch parts of Parts Unknown on CNN if you can before they disappear. That is where you find out so much about him and how he showed us all to be good guests. The New Jersey segment is especially poingnant, from which that quote is taken. I met him several times during the course of my years. A real Jersey boy to his core. I miss him dreadfully.


  5. sarahsouthwest
    Sep 24, 2018 @ 16:03:09

    I know the moon as boat thing has been done before, but you really own it here. Lovely imagery, lovely wording.


  6. Jane Dougherty
    Sep 24, 2018 @ 16:06:01

    It is a lovely image 🙂


  7. Glenn Buttkus
    Sep 24, 2018 @ 16:23:18

    Harvest moon poetics supremo–this one really pulls together 44 words brilliantly. You had me at /slowly moving through the black waters sparkling with stars. I loved Tony too; God knows what demons he wrestled.


    • kanzensakura
      Sep 24, 2018 @ 16:30:06

      I had actually met him on several occasions. He was the ultimate person who taught us to be good guests. I have my thoguhts but they are only my thoughts as to his suicide. I miss him dreadfully.


  8. merrildsmith
    Sep 24, 2018 @ 17:33:06

    A lovely poem, Toni. I love the idea of the moon sailing and then harboring.


  9. Grace
    Sep 24, 2018 @ 17:58:52

    Love the quote by Anthony. Am looking forward to seeing that harvest full moon tonight: glowing, rich,
    full and fecund –


  10. sanaarizvi
    Sep 24, 2018 @ 18:03:10

    I love the harvest moon… and I love this poem even more ❤


  11. anmol(alias HA)
    Sep 24, 2018 @ 18:36:21

    Oh, this sailing metaphor works so well, as the moon-ship wades through the “black waters” and reaches its harbor.
    I love the use of “fecund”, which gives a nice depth to the image of the full moon. 🙂


  12. Bodhirose
    Sep 24, 2018 @ 19:53:47

    I love writings of the moon and yours is so timely, Toni. Now I want to go outside and take a look at it. And fecund is a great word! 🙂


  13. Arcadia Maria
    Sep 24, 2018 @ 20:08:51

    Oh my I like this take on the prompt and it is very timely with the full moon. Well done.


  14. coalblack
    Sep 24, 2018 @ 21:00:21

    Love this description/depiction of the moon as a traveler and a seeker of home.


  15. Just Barry
    Sep 24, 2018 @ 21:12:38

    The moon wandering the black sea on cosmic sails is a wonderful concept. Your words juxtaposed with the late great Anthony Bourdain resonates with a sense of both wonder and longing. Lovely write.


  16. Truedessa
    Sep 24, 2018 @ 21:47:00

    I really enjoyed this one as the full moon arrives in the night sky. Tomorrow ,I will be drumming in celebration of the moon energy.


  17. lynn__
    Sep 24, 2018 @ 22:17:40

    Our harvest moon here last night glowed orange like a pumpkin rising…lovely write, Toni! Sad that Bourdain chose to sail away…


  18. Dorianna
    Sep 24, 2018 @ 22:24:07

    Moon sailing through the black September sky until it is home and full…lovely


  19. areadingwriter
    Sep 25, 2018 @ 01:18:17

    Oh I am sure this poem made September moon smile. 🙂


  20. kim881
    Sep 25, 2018 @ 02:26:12

    I enjoyed the Anthony Bourdain quote, Toni, and the way your quadrille extends it into a beautifully painted moon-and-seascape. I love the image of the moon:
    ‘… slowly moving through
    the black waters sparkling with stars’
    ‘…at last it harbors itself
    glowing, rich,
    full and fecund –
    Pulled up at the place known as home’.
    ‘Full and fecund’ is a wonderful phrase – it feels good to say aloud. 😉


  21. Singledust
    Sep 25, 2018 @ 02:54:15

    how imaginative and so precise to say that the moon when at its fullest is home – an image I won’t soon forget


  22. sanaarizvi
    Sep 25, 2018 @ 04:32:27

    The idea of the moon sailing through the night skies is beyond lovely! ❤️


  23. annell4
    Sep 25, 2018 @ 09:29:45

    Loved this write!! It builds to the very last word…such a lovely thought!!


  24. Dr. Crystal Howe
    Sep 25, 2018 @ 14:09:58

    Vivid imagery, and I especially like your last 2 lines.


  25. Vicki
    Sep 25, 2018 @ 19:06:40



  26. Rosemary Nissen-Wade
    Sep 25, 2018 @ 19:59:33

    How very beautiful, Toni! Perfect, really.

    I love the quote too. I only heard of Bourdain after his death. Must try and catch some of his shows. He sounds like a true treasure.


    • kanzensakura
      Sep 25, 2018 @ 20:05:55

      He was Rosemary. Not only an amazing chef but he taught us how to be good guests. The New Jersey segment of Parts Unknown was incredibly poignant and nostalgic. His younger brother was with him in this segment. I had the good fortune of meeting him a couple of times. Funny, earnest, gritty, full if heart. He took us with him on his journeys and gave us his all.

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  27. Helen
    Sep 25, 2018 @ 21:45:34

    The moon, full and bright … ah, home.


  28. Kerry
    Sep 26, 2018 @ 11:58:20

    The September moon has been spectacular these last nights.. surely worthy of its own poem.


  29. Sherry Marr
    Sep 26, 2018 @ 16:55:34

    Such a beautiful idea, the moon arriving home.


  30. Alexander De
    Sep 27, 2018 @ 19:07:35

    Popular topic, this epic moon of ours. ~Z


  31. MNL
    Oct 09, 2018 @ 21:56:29

    I love this, the moon’s journey and then the final line “Pulled up at the place known as home.” So wonderful because much as I love traveling, coming home is great too.


  32. Half Glass Full
    Nov 30, 2018 @ 13:03:21

    Amazing write-up!


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