Moonrise on the Sound




(Photo credit to Rick Hogan, 2016)

If I were to accept this gilded invitation
to step upon the moonlit path and
feel the cool water pooling
beneath my shoeless feet,
flowing between my toes…

If I were to follow the shining trail
’til I stood directly
below the glowing orb
and tilted my face upward
to bathe in moonshine
then rose on tips of toes
and stretched one hand
up, up, up…

Would I discover it still
out of reach?

Molly Hogan (c) 2016

To enjoy more poetry, please visit Chelanne’s blog, Books 4 Learning, for Poetry Friday Roundup.


19 thoughts on “Moonrise on the Sound

  1. Irene Latham says:

    Molly, this is so lovely, both pic and poem, and I do hope you will accept the invitation! I’ll be right there with you. Thank you!

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  2. Molly, wonderful poem and photo. I’ve always wanted to walk the moonlight path, straight to the moon itself.

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  3. Donna Smith says:

    I think the beauty of the moon lies in its being just “out of reach”… it is somehow disappointing to know we have put people and things on something so pristine. Could we have been satisfied with a dream to walk on the moon? Beautiful poem and photo! There are a number of moon poems out today!

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  4. Linda Baie says:

    I love that you ended with that question, Molly. This is gorgeous, as is the picture. I love moon poems, have collected them, written them, with students, too.I hope you step onto that shining path!

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  5. haitiruth says:

    Beautiful! Ruth,

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  6. Tabatha says:

    It does look like a shining trail, offering an invitation, doesn’t it? That’s funny that we both posted about the moon today!

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  7. joyacey says:

    Night time, moon light and water–it doesn’t get much better after a hot summer day. What an invitation.
    Thank you for this lovely poem.

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  8. maryleehahn says:

    Lovely photo, and what an invitation that is!!

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  9. This is a lovely compliment to the moon poem linked by Tabatha. Like the way you’ve captured a child’s (or what could be a child’s) viewpoint in the last lines.

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  10. Love the mirrored shape of the moonlit path in your poem, and the wondering, of course. “feel the cool water pooling
    beneath my shoeless feet,”==these details bring the path into 3D being so beautifully!

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  11. dmayr says:

    If you gather up moon poems, don’t forget haiku. The Japanese have moon viewing parties and write poems about the moon.

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    • mbhmaine says:

      Thanks for the link, Diane! The first science unit I’m teaching in my new 4th grade position is entitled (something like) Sun, Moon, Stars. What a perfect opportunity to integrate some moon poems and maybe even have a moon viewing party!!


  12. This poem is gorgeous, Molly! Oh, to “step upon the moonlit path” and “bathe in moonshine”. Even if it was still just out of reach, it would be worth the trip!

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  13. The reflective tone in your poem and the lighted path in the photo are inspirational, Molly. Nothing better than moon reflections. =)

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