NaPoWriMo: Day 7

The goal of  NaPoWriMo is to write 30 poems in 30 days (the month of April). I will attempt to either write a poem or share a favorite of mine several days a week, not everyday. I really love good poetry, and I don’t invest nearly enough time into it. NaPoWriMo will provide me a nice kick start to diving back in.

Here is one of my favorites called The Harvest Moon by Ted Hughes. Hughes’ career and personal life is incredibly interesting/ depressing at times, but there’s no doubt that his writing speaks for itself wonderfully. Enjoy:

A portrait of Ted hughes by Rob Lycett. Date: ...

The flame-red moon, the harvest moon,
Rolls along the hills, gently bouncing,
A vast balloon,
Till it takes off, and sinks upward
To lie on the bottom of the sky, like a gold doubloon.
The harvest moon has come,
Booming softly through heaven, like a bassoon.
And the earth replies all night, like a deep drum.

So people can’t sleep,
So they go out where elms and oak trees keep
A kneeling vigil, in a religious hush.
The harvest moon has come!

And all the moonlit cows and all the sheep
Stare up at her petrified, while she swells
Filling heaven, as if red hot, and sailing
Closer and closer like the end of the world.

Till the gold fields of stiff wheat
Cry `We are ripe, reap us!’ and the rivers
Sweat from the melting hills.

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2 comments
  1. Brit said:

    I love that you love poetry so much. I’ve never been able to get into it, which is strange bc I love words so much.

    Ps. I’m writing a children’s book. you will be the first to read the draft.

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