At the Moon’s Rising

Shed lock, Robert J. Moody Demonstration Garden, Yuma, Arizona

At the moon’s rising
we will eat soft candy
and sing lilting songs,
songs that bastards and buggers
never take on their tongues.
Yet sylvan maidens know them,
singing them at midnight
to the tree that rots in the forest
and to the blind lieutenant
who, now that it’s peacetime,
wonders why
they sent him to war.


Poem and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
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Posted on April 23, 2017, in Macro Monday 2, poetry, Poetry Pantry, Poets United, Sunday's Whirligig and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 18 Comments.

  1. Quiet battlers and candy.. the moon is surely wise

  2. This is a delight to read and a great poem to reinforce the futility of war.

  3. Indeed I think anyone who has been to war wonders, in the end, why they have been sent!

  4. Where have all the soldiers gone, long time passing?
    Where have all the soldiers gone, long time ago?
    Where have all the soldiers gone?
    Gone to graveyards, everyone.
    Oh, when will they ever learn?

  5. I absolutely love this! Such exquisite imagery here 🙂

  6. Great use of the whirligig words. Excellent poem.

  7. From soft candy and lilting songs to the futility of war … quite a poetic journey!

  8. I love this poem! From beautiful opening lines to powerful closing ones, it is wonderful.

  9. May the song be glorious and full of promise…

    Your poem choked me a little. Wonderful piece.

  10. Quizzical! I really Luv the second movement of this poem

    Happy Sunday

    Much love…

  11. Incredible accomplishment here, MMT. Beautifully concise and clear. Have to second Erin here, “Oh when will they ever learn?”


  12. Those last three lines are really so very deeply thought-provoking.

  13. I like how you used the words and created something meaningful about the contradictions of war and perhaps life.

  14. who, now that it’s peacetime,
    wonders why
    they sent him to war.

    There are a lot of questions bidding for our attention which is relevant but begs for the right answers!


  15. A very sobering ending to it.

  16. Rosemary Nissen-Wade

    Such a telling little detail, that the lieutenant is blind!

  17. Every word is woven by you in this prose into a priceless tapestry.

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