Two Poems from a Night with No Moon

This Night is Broken

With all of its sounds
spilled out,
someone else’s sounds
echo around it.

The space inside of it
is broken, too.
Only the constant rain
seeks to fill it.


Falling Practice

Twice on the stairs last week
and once in the kitchen.
Lately, these falls
have been coming in threes.

Tonight in the dark, I tripped
over the low metal bench beside the hot tub.
Then a loud bang sent me searching
to find the heavy husk fallen from the palm tree.

I do not venture out alone again,
but sit on the patio
in the light of my laptop,
hoping to escape the third fall.

Your face on the screen turns green
from the reflection of the string
of Chinese lanterns
as we succumb to hard truths.

I fell in love with you so quickly,
but even all these falls
have not taught me how
to fall out of love with you.


The Prompt: Howl at the Moon—“Follow your inner moonlight; don’t hide the madness.” — Allen Ginsberg  Do you follow Ginsberg’s advice — in your writing and/or in your everyday life?

16 thoughts on “Two Poems from a Night with No Moon

  1. mandy

    I enjoyed these! The first made me feel like you live here in Oregon where it rains. A lot! And the second reminded me of me–the falling! Oh my. You sit tight, don’t move 🙂


    1. lifelessons Post author

      For some reason, although the rainy season here was supposed to end some time ago, it is raining more in September and due to keep on raining in October. So no, I don’t live in Oregon where it rains, but i do live in Mexico where it rains and moved here from the redwood mountains of CA where it rained for 6 months of the year. I sound like I’m getting competitive over this rain issue, don’t I? No..I cede to you the honor of being the most-rained-upon. Thanks for reading and thanks for writing to me about what you read! Judy


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