Prompt Nights 18 – Moonlight

This week’s prompt from Sanaa at a ‘Dash of Sunny’ is “Let us walk together in the moonlight.”  We can take the subject in any direction, so if your imagination kicks in, go to Sanaa’s site to get the details of participating with us. I decided to feature some graphics I created from a couple of my own shots of the moon — as well as a bit of free verse to round things off.


Well, now, you lovely silver orb
Rising nightly, taking up your throne
To rule the sky amidst your starry entourage,
You have the power to stir men’s souls
And capture their imaginations —
Fostering mysteries, romantic notions,
Ghostly tales, and lovers’ secrets.

But how you’ve gained so grand a place
Within the minds of earthly men is quite beyond me.
For truly you are but a piece of rock
With lustrous filaments that cause you to reflect another’s light.
With no light of your own to boast
And no control of how you make your way across the sky,
I fail to see why you should be the root of so much poetry —
Or epic tales — or artistry.

You’re just a great reflector,
And all your beauty’s lent you by the sun.
Yet, still you manage with your borrowed lumens
To capture hearts and minds.
And so ’twill be as long as time shall run
That men, in word and song and artist’s brush,
Will make of you a symbol of their highest expectations,
And set you as the goal for which they reach
As they attempt to soar beyond their realm of dust.

And I suppose in that respect, you do deserve some praise.
For were it not for you, perhaps there’s many a man who would have trod this earth
And failed to lift his eyes to higher heights and deep desires.
So shine on, silver orb,
And carry on your glorious procession
Each night across the sky.
For generations yet of pioneers, adventurers, and lovers too
Will need your light to inspire their hearts to dream —
Then strive to make those lovely dreams come true.



16 thoughts on “Prompt Nights 18 – Moonlight

  1. Goodness gracious Sandra 😀 you have left me absolutely speechless with those breathtaking graphics of the moon ❤❤ I absolutely love how you mark the magical effects of the moon in your verse. especially “For were it not for you, perhaps there’s many a man who would have trod this earth and failed to lift his eyes to higher heights and deep desires.” Beautifully executed. Thank you so much for participating at Prompt Nights and for your constant love and support ❤❤

    Lots of love,

  2. As usual your graphics are splendid, I wish I could do that. The poem is excellent, I tend to get a bit moonstruck and have been known to howl, so next time I see Madame Moon I’ll think of you!

  3. That silvery orb is more endearing as it doesn’t bully us like the sun but shines down sweetly and cares so much for lovers. This is a beautiful poem indeed.

  4. Yes, that moon is responsible for many good things… I do love the thought of it lifting the eyes and then the imagination of man. Your pictures are wonderful – the red moon with blue lines and the one with the red and yellow streaks really jumped out at me.

  5. Your images and words are simply wonderful! I never thought about why we revere the moon as we do…maybe it is because she allows us to look upon the light of the Sun without being blinded by his ferocious beauty? 😀 XXX

  6. I enjoyed this so much,, your practical take on our moon madness,, but it is those who reflect back to us our best qualities who we oft time love the most,,,your graphics are very special to see too,,,,

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