The Moon is Full and Waiting

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The Moon is Full and Waiting

The moon is full and waiting,
but the night is full of chill,
though my true love expects me
over yonder hill.
His ardent calls invite me
to join him for the night,
and yet I dread the cold cold wind
and the night air’s bite.
If I were only twenty
I’d have no choice to make,
but I have guests arriving
and sweet bites yet to bake.

My true love lies waiting
over yonder hill,
but he’ll return another night.
I’m confident he will.
For he has no other
to overlook his flaws:
the roughness of his ardor,
the power of his jaws.
His embrace often bruises,
though this is not his intent.
In the excess of his ardor,
only tenderness is meant.

The warm cave of our meeting
still carves out yonder hill,
but tonight I will not join him.
It may be I never will.
Tomorrow night the full moon
will partially be spent,
and perhaps by next month’s equal,
I will once more not relent.
Perhaps I’ll find another
closer to my kind,
though an equal to his passion
I’m unlikely to find.

A mild wind blows the clouds away
to clear the shrouded moon.
My guests will be arriving.
I know it will be soon.
I stir in leavening powder.
I stir in heavy cream.
Across the hand I stir with
falls the moon’s broad beam.
I drop the spoon and go again
to open up the door.
I hear the gentle song of wind,
my lover’s beckoning roar.

I answer with a beat of blood.
A spasm in my thigh
invites me to be climbing
over distant hill and high.
The crumbs fall from my fingers
as I run into the night.
I do not feel the bruising stones
or the wind’s cold bite.
My lover calls me onward,
and once again I go.
For when the full moon calls me,
not once have I said no.

 

 

IMG_0562Both of these photos were taken on Christmas Eve, 2015, from my sister’s back terrace in Peoria, Arizona.

The Prompt: Earworm––Write whatever you normally write about, and weave in a book quote, film quote, or song lyric that’s been sticking with you this week. (The song lyric I was inspired by was “Baby it’s cold outside,” but when I finished, it had no actual place in the poem other than to be its inspiration.) https://dailypost.wordpress.com/prompts/earworm-2/

25 thoughts on “The Moon is Full and Waiting

      1. lifelessons Post author

        Aha! I remembered. The line is “The night does funny things inside a man.” and it is from a Tom Waits song entitled “I Hope That I Don’t Fall in Love with You.” It’s one of my very favorites so it stuck with me–just not very accurately!

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      1. janebasilblog

        I’m sixty, and I really don’t ever want to be in another relationship. I decided that years ago, when I got away from Laura and Paul’s dad.
        I absolutely love living alone. It’s been suggested that I join a website for people who want to make friends with those af the opposite sex (I think it’s called platonic.com or something) but I don’t even want to go out for dinner or to the theatre with a man…

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      2. janebasilblog

        The photo is about five years old – I rarely have my picture taken and anyway, as I think I told you, I can’t upload photos at the moment. When that one was taken I looked about ten years younger than I was – over the past three years I have caught up with myself. You’d be shocked to see how I’ve aged, but I don’t mind as much as you may expect.

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