Saturday, 30 June 2012

Day 9: Summer Moon

Ever notice the moon on a summer's night? Whiter than white. Brighter than bright. And all its connotations shining more brightly than ever: romance, dreaming, dancing, serenades, outdoor late-night musing, 'drinking white thoughts' in the not-so-dark night.

Shine on, O moon of summer.

Back Yard - Carl Sandburg

Shine on, O moon of summer.
Shine to the leaves of grass, catalpa and oak,
All silver under your rain to-night.

An Italian boy is sending songs to you to-night from an accordion.
A Polish boy is out with his best girl; they marry next month; to-night they are throwing you kisses.

An old man next door is dreaming over a sheen that sits in a cherry tree in his back yard.

The clocks say I must go—I stay here sitting on the back porch drinking white thoughts you rain down.

Shine on, O moon,
Shake out more and more silver changes. 


  1. Love this! is there anything more wished upon than the moon?? (well-except from stars!) good choice, what lovely images this poem conjures up!

  2. Yes, I especially love the silver imagery...


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