Night Music

For my prompt at Wednesday Muse

Night Music
“And the night shall be filled with music…”- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

in the summer night I listen
to the cicadas singing to the moon.
down the road apiece
a dog howls in response.
the sound of my breathing is loud
in comparison.
the moon and the stars listen to the music
of it all and say nothing

18 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. sanaarizvi
    Jul 25, 2019 @ 16:10:37

    Such a gorgeous close on this one, Toni! ❤️


  2. Anonymous
    Jul 25, 2019 @ 17:07:52

    I love any poem with cicadas in it. This is a moody piece of brevity, leaving me a bit sad, but happy that the moment passes upon the second reading.


  3. Helen
    Jul 25, 2019 @ 19:36:47

    You have described summer nights of my Midwest childhood and making me remember how much I enjoyed the sound of cicadas.


  4. erbiage
    Jul 25, 2019 @ 20:29:38

    oh there’s much left unsaid here.


  5. Victoria Stuart
    Jul 25, 2019 @ 21:06:23

    I love cicadas singing to the moon. Beautifully written.


  6. oldegg
    Jul 25, 2019 @ 21:59:59

    The stars and moon have heard it all before, nothing is new to them!


  7. Carrie V. H.
    Jul 25, 2019 @ 22:12:59

    This is lovely Toni, and the last two lines are a brilliant closing.


  8. kim881
    Jul 26, 2019 @ 03:23:44

    The music of the night is something else, Toni! I love the final lines.


  9. Bryan Ens
    Jul 26, 2019 @ 09:00:53

    They say nothing, but I wonder what the moon and stars might think about our earth’s nightly music!


  10. robtkistner
    Jul 26, 2019 @ 13:34:14

    This was a captivating read Toni. Thank you for sharing it for OLN,


  11. Charmed Chaos
    Jul 26, 2019 @ 15:33:38

    This is enchanting Toni.


  12. Margaret Elizabeth Bednar
    Jul 26, 2019 @ 22:58:18

    Just lovely!


  13. Kerry
    Jul 28, 2019 @ 09:29:02

    I especially love the stillness in the final image.


  14. Victoria C. Slotto
    Jul 28, 2019 @ 20:12:18

    I love night music and you have portrayed it to a tee.


  15. Susie Clevenger
    Jul 28, 2019 @ 23:39:23

    Yes, I too love the stillness in your last image. It reminds me of so many nights growing up in farm country.


  16. lillian
    Jul 29, 2019 @ 12:44:28

    You have a magical way with description when it comes to sitting, watching and listening to nature. I am in the serenity here with you….the wonderful calm of the night.


  17. Lona Gynt
    Jul 30, 2019 @ 20:45:24

    Me: Unlike the moon and the stars, I cannot say nothing when I hear music like this, summer night filling the ears, framed ironically by celestial silence.

    Moon and stars: (Shhhh…. Lona…. now just listen).

    Me: ^^-


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