Paschal Moon


Photo: D. Slotto-Palm Desert April, 2011

Paschal Moon

Last night the sky embraced the moon
enfolding her in a swath of indigo.
Warm desert air, heavy with the scent of jasmine
whispered songs of mystery.

Whimsical stars shimmered in the distance,
danced across the heavens until one
jumped from its orbit, dying not with a whisper
but in a fiery blaze, still unforgiven.

You set about the daunting task of giving comfort
while from your lips I tasted the sweetness of ambrosia.

My commitment to writing a poem a day during the month of April fell victim to the exigencies of life last week as I spent time with a loved one in need. This causes me to reflect on the fact that life itself is a poem, written in the choices we make, the care we give and our response to whatever the moment presents to us. That being said, this is a poem I wrote in response to the Wordle I gave in my Monday Morning Writing Prompt. It is my submission for NaPoWriMo Day 18 Thanks to Blaga whose poem served as the inspiration for the words I chose

22 thoughts on “Paschal Moon

  1. Jamie Dedes says:

    Life is poetry not prose, if only we have the eyes to see.

    Lovely poem, Victoria. Thank you!


  2. Luke Prater says:

    beautiful. You really got it.

    swath of indigo – ain’t ‘swath(e)’ just a wonderful word? And with ‘indigo’ I think it’s a poet’s wet dream

    Fine writing, Victoria


  3. dani says:

    i was going to try my hand at the wordle today, but now there is no need ~ your poem is perfection. a beautiful photograph, too.


  4. trisha says:

    pure delight for the senses. wow! none can use the prompts more beautifully.

    mine is also up in the regular place. 🙂


  5. barbara says:

    A beautiful piece that so venerates this time of year…..blessings…bkm


  6. Life itself IS a poem, and yay on you for realizing that!!


  7. honeyhaiku says:

    This is exquisite, Victoria. I adore it, something to read again and again.


  8. Vinay says:

    Beautifully woven romance, Victoria. Life is a poem, like you said, so in a way, everyone just by living, completes NaPoWriMo every year. 🙂 Even I had to leave half way, coz of health issues, but reading makes me more happy now.

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  9. How beautifully you’ve used the words from the prompt. I love the “swath of indigo” very much.

    I hope your loved one is better! All the best Victoria and thanks for mentioning me again! Much appreciated!


  10. Ann Grenier says:

    I love the image of wrapping the moon in a swath of indigo as well as your observation that life itself is a poem. Very soothing composition.


  11. brian says:

    what a sweet comfort it is…you paint a gorgeous picture of a night under the stars…


  12. brian says:

    oh that is some sweet comfort…smiles. a gorgeous capture of a night under the stars…


  13. souldipper says:

    You are a lady of quality, Victoria. Not on in your writing, but also in your priorities.


  14. Lovely poem with a very interesting second verse. I keep pondering it. Blessings to you, Victoria…


  15. Tino11 says:

    Had to read it a few times to fully understand the beauty of this one.


  16. Teri C says:

    Your words are so wonderfully visual! Love the romance you created.


  17. How you turn a list of words into something so beautiful, only a poet knows…


  18. Bodhirose says:

    We are soul sisters–you’re right. This setting was described with such detail–those were beautiful words you selected and used so wonderfully too.


  19. versebender says:

    Wow…you really painted a wonderful picture. I love the desert at night…add a full moon…a shooting star…beautiful image. Great job! Great minds indeed. vb


  20. Laurie Kolp says:

    Beautiful picture and poem… I really like the second stanza!


  21. Artswebshow says:

    This is a wonderful poem.
    Time with loved ones is extremely valuable.
    You did right to take time


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