This Poem is Moon, Stars, and Sun

For Sherry’s prompt at Real Toads, a boomerang metaphor poem in the manner of Hannah Goselin who created the form.  This poem is longer than I like but I have cut it down as much as I can.

This Poem is Moon, Stars, and Sun

This poem is a moon reflected on black water.
This poem is the sun rising over the ocean in an explosion of red.
This poem is the stars floating in the black night sky.

This poem is a green forest rising from the mist.
This poem is green cedars against pure white snow.
This poem is tiny white flowers hiding in spring green grass.

This poem touches us with wonder and awe,
it makes our breath catch in our throats
and look about our feet to not crush those tiny white flowers.

In our wonder and awe we look at the small animals
hiding beneath and under the cedars seeking nourishment and shelter.
The stars fall silent as dust in a dying blaze of fire.
We see the tiny white flowers beneath our feet too late
as we crush them into oblivion.
We weep in sorrow at the death of tiny flowers.
We weep in joy at the rising sun and the night stars
and the moon rippling on the water.
This poem is joy and sorrow,
silence and starry music,
this poem is about living in partnership with the earth.

15 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. coalblack
    Feb 21, 2019 @ 15:00:49

    A wonderful idea, that seems impossible for the average tycoon to grasp. 😦 Trump-dump has removed all kinds of regulations–for which those on the right applaud him because it makes it easier for them to make money–and had installed a gas and energy lobby puppet as head of the EPA, not to mention making it legal to hunt bears and wolves in their winter dens. It all make me ill.


  2. Sherry Blue Sky
    Feb 21, 2019 @ 15:02:17

    Oh my GOODNESS, Toni! What a wonder this poem is. I wish I had written it. You have captured it exactly – the wonder, the joy, the sorrow, of living on this earth….those tiny white blooms, that we crush unthinkingly………..My new favourite of your poems. It is SO beautiful. I wish I had written it!


  3. kim881
    Feb 21, 2019 @ 15:41:24

    This poem is gorgeous, Toni!
    This poem has taken my breath away.


  4. sanaarizvi
    Feb 21, 2019 @ 17:13:16

    My goodness this is exquisite! ❤️ Some really breathtaking images here, Toni! 🙂


  5. Margaret Schaff Bednar
    Feb 21, 2019 @ 23:28:29

    The crushing of those little white flowers is a good metaphor for many things these days… Beautiful


  6. merrildsmith
    Feb 22, 2019 @ 07:08:14

    Lovely and thoughtful, Toni.


  7. Hannah Gosselin
    Feb 22, 2019 @ 09:45:20

    Hello Toni!

    I love the colors that reverberate through this poem. I also enjoy the light and the vastness of large in the sun and moon and the little of the tiny white flowers…this resonates with my poetic soul. Thank you so much for writing! I so enjoyed your poem!


  8. annell4
    Feb 22, 2019 @ 10:13:14

    A beautiful poem!!


  9. Rosemary Nissen-Wade
    Feb 23, 2019 @ 08:11:34

    Indeed this poem is that, and says it loud and clear – as well as beautifully.


  10. Helen
    Feb 23, 2019 @ 15:45:04

    This poem … should be required reading!!!!


  11. purplepeninportland
    Feb 24, 2019 @ 09:38:57

    Beautiful in it’s simplicity. Hope more people pay attention to th last line.


  12. Charmed Chaos
    Feb 24, 2019 @ 11:07:44

    Toni- this is so beautiful.


  13. James Sweeney
    Apr 27, 2019 @ 18:29:50

    Excellent poem! I’ve recently started running my own page and I was wondering if I reblog this poem could you possibly reblog one of mine? I have a few published on my page alongside my normal blogs


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