Terza Rima for Earth’s Shadow

What shadow bigger than a lunar eclipse? I am lucky enough to have seen the eclipse of two blood moons in Mexico.  Below are photos or links to photos of each, along with a rewrite of a poem I wrote after witnessing the first one.


Lunar Eclipse

Last night I rose to watch the full eclipse––
a blood orange moon, full in the dark night sky,
around it, scattered stars and tall palm tips.

It was as though in this world, only I
watched the last fingernail of glowing moon,
chewed at by shadow, slowly wane and die.

And then the night birds with their lonely croon
gave timbre to this darkened night soon joined
by lonely burro, braying for the moon

Perhaps they mourned for vision now purloined
or simply sang for joy of adding to
the beauty of this dark moon newly coined.

Then once again the moon’s edge came to view.
Earth moved aside in favor of the sun
and for an hour, I watched as moonlight grew.

I sought my bed, the pageant not yet done,
as light increased and shadow slowly waned.
Inevitably, once more light had won.

The ending known, no mystery remained.

This poem is written in terza rima, a form invented by Dante and used in The Divine Comedy. It consists of three-line stanzas, with a “chained” rhyme scheme. The first stanza is ABA, the second is BCB, the third is CDC, and so on. No particular meter is necessary, but English poets have tended to default to iambic pentameter. One common way of ending a terza rima poem is with a single line standing on its own, rhyming with the middle line of the preceding three-line stanza.

See more blood moon photos here: https://judydykstrabrown.com/2015/09/27/eclipse-of-the-blood-moon-over-mexico/

And smaller shadows here: https://judydykstrabrown.com/2015/09/03/reflections-shadows-cees-black-and-white-challenge/


If you want to write to this prompt, you can post what you’ve written here:  https://dailypost.wordpress.com/prompts/shadow/

6 thoughts on “Terza Rima for Earth’s Shadow

  1. anitalubesh

    I loved that and your appreciation of poetry forms. I have dabbled myself in various forms over time. I too began my blog as a way of dealing with grief, that itself prompted me to take up the reigns again. Looking forward to exploring your site.

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    1. lifelessons Post author

      One of the many things I love about blogging is finding so many people that I have things in common with..All different sides of oneself. Did your website remain grief oriented or did yours, like mine, quickly become filled with life? I worked 3 years on the book that grew from 8 years of journals dealing with Bob’s death. That seemed enough! The most important lesson learned was to get on with life. I’m checking out your website now….Thanks for your message. I love the puzzle of working with forms…


      1. anitalubesh

        I used it more as a diversion and reason to continue writing and to post old and new writing (my folder was becoming full again). it is a hobby of mine and has been for a while but I’d given up on it. I pay tribute in it to my dad, but I am too private really to expand upon that and aspects of grief itself. it is a vehicle to distract me I would say. Thank you for taking an interest also.


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