Waning Moon

For Kerry’s prompt on Toads: a poem by Rupi Kaur, using the reference: ‘fill the empty parts… We are to write a micro-poem of 10 lines or fewer.  This is also posted for Open Link Night at dVerse Poets Pub.


Waning Moon

“Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns.”- George Eliot

the moon is at one percent illumination today –
darkness is almost total – am owl glides invisible through the night.
summer is winding down and in the cornfields the stalks’
drying leaves rustle in the wind –
I wait for autumn to fill me with apples
and frost, with clear blue skies
and the last tomatoes from the vine.
tiny sweet smelling blackeyed susans
and the burrowing cicadas fill me with music.
I want to be filled with autumn again.

27 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. sanaarizvi
    Aug 29, 2019 @ 16:38:23

    Love this especially; “I wait for autumn to fill me with apples and frost, with clear blue skies and the last tomatoes on the vine.” Beautifully rendered, Toni ❤️

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  2. oldegg
    Aug 29, 2019 @ 21:46:57

    How we should appreciate every season as each one is essential to our being as is the Earth spinning and the Sun shining. Nature can fill me up every season, Great poem Kanzen.

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  3. kim881
    Aug 30, 2019 @ 03:33:22

    It is so noticeable, the winding down of summer, Toni, and I’ve seen the difference between here in Norfolk and where my daughter lives. It seems to me that certain seasons are more pronounced on the east coast of England. I love the sound in your poem, and the lines:
    ‘I wait for autumn to fill me with apples
    and frost, with clear blue skies’ .
    I too want to be filled with autumn again.

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  4. Kerry
    Aug 30, 2019 @ 05:27:12

    Tonight, the new moon in Virgo! I have been waiting for it, since it is my own moon sign.. mine a harbinger of Spring, though, but I always feel like the earth takes a breath at each change of season.

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  5. Susie Clevenger
    Aug 30, 2019 @ 11:29:13

    “filled with autumn” I love that..

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  6. lynn__
    Aug 30, 2019 @ 19:42:37

    Beautiful word pictures, Toni!

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  7. fireblossom32
    Aug 31, 2019 @ 07:06:01

    Oh, me too. Black-Eyed Susans are a favorite of mine though the green parts look weedy. I love all asters. Mums, too, just because they are a fall flower. As always, you write about nature so vividly, Toni; it’s obvious that you really take it in.

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  8. Linda Lee Lyberg
    Aug 31, 2019 @ 10:32:25

    Simply beautiful Toni. We are all longing for autumn!

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  9. Marian
    Aug 31, 2019 @ 10:58:29

    I like this waning summer you describe… my garden run over by black-eyed Susans and I do not regret one single bloom 🙂

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    • kanzensakura
      Aug 31, 2019 @ 11:41:25

      Aren’t they wonderful? I have several different varieties that I have pulled from ditches in various locations and gotten started. I live them all.

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  10. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)
    Aug 31, 2019 @ 16:37:28

    The autumn flowers are wonderful… there is something so special with the late bloom

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  11. Vivian Zems
    Sep 01, 2019 @ 12:58:42

    I love the sense of filling being related to an enriching
    experience. Beautiful!

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  12. purplepeninportland
    Sep 01, 2019 @ 20:18:35

    I love the sense of changes all around, and particularly:

    “I wait for autumn to fill me with apples
    and frost, with clear blue skies
    and the last tomatoes on the vine.”

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  13. scotthastiepoet
    Sep 05, 2019 @ 15:56:32

    How well you conjure the season – I was also about to pick out the very same lines as the previous commentator! I had to blink – thinking I must have somehow copied and pasted them without realising it! Before figuring out what was going on… In it’s own way attribute to your work, I think and its dizzying effect!!

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  14. msjadeli
    Sep 05, 2019 @ 16:53:34

    You’ve captured the season well, Toni. It’s a season that permeates with so many sensory highlights.

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  15. Frank Hubeny
    Sep 05, 2019 @ 17:35:42

    Autumn seems to be the best time of year.

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  16. Glenn A. Buttkus
    Sep 05, 2019 @ 19:02:34

    A stellar ten lines–beautiful wordsmanship and fully fleshed imagery. Your favorite time of the year is upon us; happy for you.

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  17. hhennenburg
    Sep 05, 2019 @ 20:29:00

    I love this celebration of the very best season…if you ask me. A lovely exploration of the little things that make it all so very big.

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  18. Grace
    Sep 05, 2019 @ 21:33:44

    I can smell and taste that autumn season.

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  19. rothpoetry
    Sep 05, 2019 @ 22:56:18

    A beautiful descriptive poem. Autumn has such great touches.

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  20. memadtwo
    Sep 07, 2019 @ 22:26:18

    The new moon is just right to welcome autumn. (K)

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  21. Victoria C. Slotto
    Sep 08, 2019 @ 21:09:37

    You’ve really painted a perfect portrait of an incipient change of seasons in this lovely poem. Here, everything is so late. Most of our tomatoes are still green!

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    • kanzensakura
      Sep 08, 2019 @ 21:16:00

      I have a bunch of green tomatoes and will have intil mid-October. Then I will pick and make green tomato relish from them. My great grandmother’s recipe.

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  22. Lona Gynt
    Sep 12, 2019 @ 13:50:56

    Bountiful harvests filling us up, an emptiness of a hot season having dried past its boundaries, filled with the expectation fo crisp change. to be filled with music of cicadas, singing in the dryness before the bounty. Especially interesting to have the clear blue sky filling the emptiness. How big is the vessel? Sensual and lovely.

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