Courtesy of Rajesh Misra, Public Domain

“It never leaves. It’s always there, watching, steadfast, knowing us in our light and dark moments, changing forever just as we do. Every day it’s a different version of itself. Sometimes weak and wan, sometimes strong and full of light. The moon understands what it means to be human. Uncertain. Alone. Cratered by imperfections.” Tahereh Mafi, Shatter Me

See the softness of the moon on my block,
Visiting on this street’s end, smiling at that woman
She collects tossed cigarette butts, a homeless man
Raising arms, large hands waving blessing, at the
Bench by the bus stop, food magically there where
He habitually sits, food left by a stranger, no stranger
To hunger, lights beam from open windows, fortunate
Housed, dinner and television, maybe heart wonder
Maybe heart break, there are some who want to
Die and haven’t, some who want to live but died
Some who take to joy, some pained, stewing in
Despair, the varied elements of the human spirit,
The softness of grandmother moon, gracious
Company for an old poet in reverie watching

© 2019, Jamie Dedes

Jamie Dedes. I’m a freelance writer, poet, content editor, and blogger. I also manage The BeZine and its associated activities and The Poet by Day, an info hub for writers meant to encourage good but lesser-known poets, women and minority poets, outsider artists, and artists just finding their voices in maturity. The Poet by Day is dedicated to supporting freedom of artistic expression and human rights and encourages activist poetry.  Email for permissions, commissions, or assignments.

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  1. Dear Jamie Ji
    some more lines hope am not disturbing..moon struck am I .I wrote a highly inspiring poem Jamie Ji

    I am a person only through

    other people’-I am like the moon, lit

    only by the sun, I am dark too, silver

    in water, bonded with Earth,

    inseparable, I shine for others

    ‘I am a person only through other people’

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  2. Respected Jamie Ji

    and the moon came early shining to show
    its presence…have you ever wondered
    why it is always so calm ?
    see the day has been so warm
    taking the toll energy and heat
    sweaty is the body, tired the feet
    and the moon comes in,cool
    silently to fill the vacant pool
    with soothing loving light
    staying on till it is the
    end of night….

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