Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Poets United Midweek Motif ~ Dark Moon, New Moon

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"From untruth lead us to Truth.
From darkness lead us to Light.
From death lead us to Immortality.
Om Peace, Peace, Peace."
--Vedic prayer from Brhadaranyaka Upanishad

“A new moon teaches gradualness
and deliberation and how one gives birth
to oneself slowly. Patience with small details
makes perfect a large work, like the universe.”
― Jalaluddin Rumi

“Sometimes, they say, the moon is so busy with the new souls of the world that it disappears from the sky. That is why we have moonless nights. But in the end, the moon always returns, as do we all.  Mitch Albom, Tuesdays with Morrie


Midweek Motif ~ 

Dark Moon, New Moon

Speak of Secrets

"Historically and pragmatically speaking, The Dark Moon refers to the period of time when the moon exhibits zero illumination, while the New Moon starts the very first day that the moon appears in the night sky as a slim sliver of light. By this reasoning, the Dark Moon is a one day event, while the New Moon lasts approximately 7 days as a Waxing Crescent, right up until the First Quarter of illumination."

I think we're talking about that mysterious turn around time here. Maybe there is a moment's emptiness before the waxing begins, a moment without the reflected light of the sun. It feels dark, but often has the most stars we ever see.

Your Challenge: In your new poem, paint a picture with images you know in this Dark-New Moon.

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Source, Source, from Dream Work


Fragment, Source


I strayed about the deck, an hour, to-night

Under a cloudy moonless sky; and peeped
In at the windows, watched my friends at table,
Or playing cards, or standing in the doorway,
Or coming out into the darkness. Still
No one could see me.

I would have thought of them

—Heedless, within a week of battle—in pity,
Pride in their strength and in the weight and firmness
And link’d beauty of bodies, and pity that
This gay machine of splendour ’ld soon be broken,
thought little of, pashed, scattered. …

Only, always,

I could but see them—against the lamplight—pass
Like coloured shadows, thinner than filmy glass,
Slight bubbles, fainter than the wave’s faint light,
That broke to phosphorus out in the night,
Perishing things and strange ghosts—soon to die
to other ghosts—this one, or that, or I.


Why Are Your Poems so Dark?

Isn't the moon dark too, 
most of the time? 

And doesn't the white page 
seem unfinished 

without the dark stain 
of alphabets? 

When God demanded light, 
he didn't banish darkness. 

Instead he invented 
ebony and crows 

and that small mole 

on your left cheekbone. 

Or did you mean to ask 
"Why are you sad so often?" 

Ask the moon. 
Ask what it has witnessed.



Please share your new poem using Mr. Linky below and visit others in the spirit of the community—  

(Next Midweek Motif will be Sumana's prompt ~ Journey.)


  1. Many wonderful possibilities for poems in this prompt, Susan. Thank you!

  2. Good morning. Got one posted early today. I look forward to reading others later today. Thanks for the Motif. Have a great day.

  3. Good morning everyone! my poem takes a different approach from the motif literally. I hope you all like it and I will stop by sometime later today! I have to write an article! Good and blessed day!

  4. Greetings, Poets United. Have a wonderful day today, and a fine coming week in the new moon phase.

  5. the prompt made me look again at the moon cyles - what a splendid selection of poems here - not least the marvellous Mary Oliver

  6. Good Wednesday everyone

    much love...

  7. Hi Friends! I'm experiencing a slow internet connection; linking here has taken me ages. So slowly but surely, I'll get round to reading your takes on the prompt. As always, thanks for the inspiration.

  8. This is such an interesting prompt & beautiful. Love the poems specially Linda Pastan's. Thank you Susan.

  9. I couldn't resist such a beautiful promptπŸ’• sharing my take on the new moon.. Happy Wednesday, everyone!πŸ’•

  10. A wonderful prompt, Susan. I especially love Mary Oliver's poem, and Linda Pastan's. Thanks!

  11. Hello everyone, a great prompt, I'm looking forward to reading your poems.

  12. Good prompt, as always. Happy Week to all.

  13. Hello, Poets! Thank you for the great prompt!

  14. Wonderful topic (though I needed to bring in full moon also) – and what lovely poems you shared to inspire us!

  15. Lovely prompt. very apt for today as today is a dark night- Kartika Amavasya- that is celebrated as Diwali!
    I loved to write my poem!
    Happy Diwali to you your family!
    May God bless us all.

  16. Sara McNulty--which poem did you intend to post?


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