The Poetry of Moon Shine during National Poetry Month

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There are so many poems that describe the mystical and ethereal experiences of the moon. When I saw that perfect circle of brightness in the sky through the Palladian window in my bathroom, the brilliance of its luminance made me think I left a light on, but I hadn’t.

Hundreds and hundreds of poems have been written about the moon by many notable poets like Carl Sandburg, Claude McKay, Sylvia Plath, J.R.R. Tolkien, Robert Frost, Emily Bronte, Matsuo Basho, William Butler Yeats, Amy Lowell, Robert Graves, Li Po, Ella Wheeler Wilcox, Henry David Thoreau, and Denise Levertov.

Almost instantaneously, this haiku came to me as I was caught up in another awestruck moment glancing at a full moon in the rich darkness of the night sky.

Moon Shine    

She pierces the night

with her beauty and her light

to shine with great might.

© Kym Gordon Moore

Happy #NationalPoetryMonth

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Be the Light in the Midst of Darkness

Sunlight, Light

I am always in awe of a new day where my surroundings look familiar, yet remarkably they are never the same. The sun in all of its grandeur shines its powerful light as we look around and visibly see things throughout the day that we probably never noticed before. The Light.

Moon, Light, Night

At night around a certain cycle of the month, the phase of a full moon comes out. Amid the darkness in the absence of the sun that full moon pierces and deeply penetrates the night with its lunar luminance. No, vampires and werewolves will not torment you because it is a full moon. LOL Its brilliance mesmerizes us and makes us stop and stare at its heavenly presence. The Night Light.

But what about our atmospheric darkness, that spirit in our world where evil runs rampant leaving people swirling in a constant pit of confusion, aloofness, fear, defeat or a feeling of doom? How can we renew that sense of compassion and shepherd people into a pasture of light, life, and love? How can we be or become those encouragers who can turn gloom into gladness? How can we be that light in the midst of someone else’s darkness? How can we bring hope back and restore our faith once again? How can we project our inner light?

I noticed that more people I know are heavily medicated or diagnosed with some type of disorder I have never heard of, let alone can pronounce. People appear to be less compassionate, more polarized and tribal, at least that is what the current climate of our world seems to reveal. When will the great divide end? How do we stop negativity, deception, and evil from winning? Where is our light?

Light, Candle

During those dark and treacherous times, when it seems like we as a society have fallen into the deepest pit of despair, it is then that we can’t cave into the intimidation of darkness. We must let our light so shine that others may see our good works and glorify our Father which is in Heaven. Be that light to brighten someone’s night!

Harvest Moon Light Poetry

Harvest Moon, Lunar, Moon

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This year has been a historically exciting year of astronomical events around the world. From the Comet 45P/HMP in February to the Lyrids meteor shower in April to the Total Solar Eclipse in August, there is no doubt a great deal of galactic activity constantly going on above us, whether we are aware of them or not.

Get ready stargazers because tonight you get to witness the Harvest Moon. Although it most commonly appears in September, this is the closest full moon to the autumn equinox appearing tonight. It is traditionally known as the Harvest Moon because it gave farmers more light and time to gather their crops for the winter. So grab those binoculars and telescopes and drink in the grand mystique of tonight’s Harvest Moon! Of course, many of the moon’s surface features are also noticeably visible.

Harvest Moon Light

Look up, can you see it
ascending majestically on the eastern horizon
as the sun descends in the western sky
the crown of a perfect lunar sphere rises
an orange radiance illuminating in the twilight
I want to mount on a hill and sing passionately
like the lovesick harmony of a wolf’s howl
the light of the night, shine on Harvest Moon.
– ©Kym Gordon Moore

LATE BREAKING NEWS: My Earth Day Wows!

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I love sunrises and sunsets. I love star gazing and watching the brightness of a full moon pierce a midnight sky and humbly say “Wow!

On Saturday, April 22, which ironically was the celebration of Earth Day, I began opening up the blinds to the windows facing East. I looked up and saw the last phase of the moon still visible, yet so close to the direction of where the sun was beginning to rise. Huh?

I have never seen the moon this close to the trajectory of where the rising sun was going to travel in the morning sky, so I took a few snapshots, although the presence of the moon was beginning to fade in the background. I have no scientific explanation of this celestial placement, although I know the sun and the moon are nowhere near each other. As I quickly took to pen and paper, I had to stop. It was as if a force made me halt when I walked outside.

I breathed in the sights, smells, sounds, flavors and textures of this new day. In my silence I heard many types of birds singing their little hearts out, the splash of ducks playing in the water behind our house, geese squawking as they flew overhead, strands of newly woven webs glistened in the morning light, new buds on my rosebush were readying themselves to burst open at any moment now, a new leaf began to emerge, stretching upward on one of my banana trees and the nonchalant curiosity of squirrels doing what they typically do was happening in my backyard. I saw circles rippling through the water where fish were wading below its surface.

For a moment, I briefly thought about what I was going to do today on Earth Day, and quickly realized that I was already doing what the flora and fauna, the birds, insects and other critters did every day. Creation doesn’t need a special day to celebrate what it is, in all of its beauty. For this I am glad. For this, I say “Wow!”

The one thing that does pain me is our blatant human disregard for the very thing we are the caretakers for, and that is for all of Creation. We are to protect her, because she will flourish and provide for us accordingly. So often I wonder, when weapons of mass destruction (nuclear, assault weapons and terroristic bombs) are deployed, has it not occurred to everyone involved that there is a ripple effect that reverberates from the point of contact, no matter how far away it may be? Its demolition scope of travel through the air and within the earth absorb the shock, and can spread throughout the earth like a wildfire.

What are we doing to the world? What have we done? These simple thoughts come to me from simply looking up this morning and witnessing the final phase of the moon so close to the full effects of the rising sun. For this late breaking moment, there is nothing else to say, except “Wow!

Poetry for the Day: Lunar Sensation

Moon, Lunar, PoetryOk, so I have this personal obsession with the moon. Perhaps it’s because my zodiac sign is Cancer aka Moon Child. In spite of the frigid cold temperatures that swept across the country this week, there was one sight that I welcomed with open arms. There’s no doubt that this sight, the full moon, brings me great warmth and joy each month, which makes me feel like a kid. Every time the full moon rises in all of its brilliance, I have to stop and soak in the essence of its heavenly presence.

So, I pause today to share my poem, Lunar Sensation which takes my mind off of the freezing temperatures hovering at the helm of our daily meteorological reports and see the beauty peering through this wintry weather.

Lunar Sensation

Peeking through the leafless branches
on a cold winter’s morn
remnants of a winter white moon
fade into the heavens
in all of its fullness and perfection
a heavenly body, mysterious and complete.

Such a wondrous disappearing act
as the sun makes its presence known
amid the celestial community
of God’s untouchable collection.

In awe, splendor, adoration
revelations in geometric dimensions of new
half, three-quarters and full
this rotational cycle
performing while suspended in the heavens
reflects a night light

surrounded by the twinkling stars
beyond one’s imagination
illuminating infinity
a spectacular and non-duplicable creation of God.

(from the book “Wings of the Wind: A Cornucpia of Poetry,” 2013)

7 Explanations Why We Are Fascinated By the Moon

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By Kym Gordon Moore

The moon, one of our most admired heavenly bodies’, creates awe and excitement every time we gaze at it in the depths of the night sky. We are fascinated by its illumination taking center stage among the stars and other celestial bodies in space.

With the help of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the capability for humankind to explore the moon, and learn about the discovery of our universe, solar system, earth and space, pioneered a universal opportunity for science, aeronautics and space exploration. President Dwight D. Eisenhower established NASA in 1958 and President John F. Kennedy’s vision of the United States of America sending astronauts to the moon by the end of the 1960’s became a reality. With the help of the Apollo 11 spacecraft, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin were the first men to walk on the moon on July 20, 1969. Thus, Moon Day is celebrated each year on July 20.

Why is there such a fascination with the moon?

1. The lunar illumination dramatically transforms from the new moon to the full, waxing and waning phases. This type of metamorphosis is intriguing.

2. The mystery, commanding power, energy, intuition and presence the moon has, captivates our curiosity about this celestial body.

3. The moon is the sole universal body that can be seen from Earth, without needing the assistance of a telescope. It is the closest heavenly body to planet earth.

4. There are many legends associated with the cycles of the moon that transcends generations.

5. The peculiar behavior that occurs among humans and animals during a full moon is studied and analyzed.

6. The moon influences and inspires writers to compose poems, novels, nursery rhymes and other folklore about it.

7. There is a connection to divine creation and wisdom with this cosmic sensation.

Watching a lunar eclipse, witnessing the moon’s presence during daylight or staring at a full moon as it casts a spotlight on a starry night makes people pause, and gives them the motivation to observe and wonder about the other planetary bodies that find their place among the heavens. The reasons why people are so fascinated by the moon encapsulates scientific curiosity and discovery, as well as inspiration for creativity and meditation.

Kym Gordon Moore, author of “Diversities of Gifts: Same Spirit” and “Wings of the Wind: A Cornucopia of Poetry” is an award winning poet, author, speaker, philanthropist, certified email marketing specialist and an authority in strategic marketing. http://www.kymgmoore.com She is the administrator of the Tea and Poetry Book Club http://www.teaandpoetrybookclub.blogspot.com/, co-founder of Favorite Things for a CAUSE and selected as one of the 2013 and 2012 U.S. World Book Night Volunteer Book Givers.

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Reflection in the Midnight Waters

While penning some thoughts in my journal of recollections from the day’s events, something mystical interrupted the flow of my writing. For many people who know me, you understand how fascinated I am by the celestial kaleidoscope that appears on a clear night, especially when there’s a full moon perched in the heavens among the stars. I must share this experience with you stargazers out there who would appreciate this reflection. On the first night of this New Year, January 1, 2010, I walked by one of the Palladian windows in our house and the bright light that reflected through the window magnetically drew me to its presence. If anyone noticed and if it was a clear night in your neck of the woods, there was a perfect full moon casting its heavenly bright light over the land. As I stood awestruck, I was compelled to get a better look at this breathtaking wonder from my back door.

We have a small lake at the back of our house, and while you could see the reflection of house lights rippling amid the currents in the midnight waters, the reflection of that full moon took center stage and was simply mesmerizing. I cannot begin to tell you what an ethereal feeling this was, just to stand there looking up at that bright, spotlight shining down on little ole me. I had to thank God for another opportunity to witness such an incredible gift that He created on the 4th day, in the Beginning.

So even if you missed this beautiful sight on that first night of this New Year, just remember that some of the most incredible beauty lies among the heavens in a galaxy beyond our grasp, but no doubt a panoramic snapshot reminding us to embrace its exquisiteness. A love song reminded me of these special moments of intimacy that was recorded by a group named The Stylistics (circa 1970’s). It’s called “Stop, Look, Listen (to your heart)”. Sometimes you feel so unworthy by the natural wonders that surround us in one way or another on a daily basis. However, I cherish those special moments, any time of the day or night, where I feel that incredible connection and intimacy with God. It is then, I am reminded, that I am anchored in His love, mercy and grace. So every now and then, look up and humbly embrace the presence of Almighty God through His awe-inspiring wonders. And the best part: There is no purchase required!

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