Bold Moon


I’m peeking my head up from the insanity of writing report card comments to sneak in a poem for Poetry Friday. This week’s Poetry Friday Roundup is hosted by Rebecca Herzog at Sloth Reads. Last week, she challenged participants to write about foods that deserve a national holiday…or perhaps don’t!  I had every intention of participating… Ah, well. I’ll tuck that challenge away for another day. In the meantime, head over to Rebecca’s blog to check out her poetic tribute to Hot Salad and other offerings as well. It’s sure to be a poetic feast!

With little time for extended writing lately, I revisited a favorite prompt–Sandford Lyne’s word pools. The pool I chose included the words: moon, stolen, ladder, branches. I opted to use three of the four. Poetic license! 😉

Bold Moon

The moon has stolen
branches from the tree.
She drapes herself artfully
with their intricate tracery
shifting them this way
and that
for maximum affect.
Bold thief to shine a spotlight
on her own misdoings
She broadcasts her beautiful larceny
to a rapt world.

©Molly Hogan, 2019

moon tracery (1).jpg


19 thoughts on “Bold Moon

  1. Linda Mitchell says:

    Oh. Wow. Lovely. Where do I find these word pools. I love the whole idea and sound of that! Moon draping herself in branches…..what a gorgeous image. It’s perfect for the photo too.

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  2. lindabaie says:

    Oh, love “beautiful larceny” and “She drapes herself artfully”. I’ve done so much moon journaling with students & collected moon poems, too. This is one I’ll tuck away!

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  3. Kay Mcgriff says:

    Lovely! I was going to share my favorite lines, but couldn’t narrow it down. I love your photo of the moon, too.

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  4. Rebecca Herzog says:

    Ooo! I so enjoyed this! It is perfect for the photo.

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    • mbhmaine says:

      Thanks! I wrote the poem and then, right before I posted, I had a niggling thought that at some point I’d taken a photo that matched it pretty well. I spent a fair amount of time going back through my photo archives trying to find it. I’m glad you enjoyed it 🙂


  5. Gorgeous, Molly! A perfect pairing.

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  6. macrush53 says:

    This word: tracery. I love the moon.

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  7. Nice, Molly! I especially love “their intricate tracery shifting them this way
    and that” and “She broadcasts her beautiful larceny
    to a rapt world.” The moon clearly knows the fascinations of this world very well.

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  8. margaretsmn says:

    What a lovely ekphrastic poem! Those stolen limbs and the bold thief. Your photo is amazing!

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  9. cweichel says:

    This is a marriage of image and words. My favourite bit is intricate tracery. Thanks so much Molly. Hope your report card writing is under control.

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    • mbhmaine says:

      Thanks! The report cards are history now 🙂 I took the picture years ago, but when I went to post the poem, I suddenly remembered it. I went diving through my photo archives hoping I’d remembered it correctly. I was so glad to find it and that it matched.


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