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Thursday, June 13, 2013

The Illusion of Knowledge

For Pep, in memorium

How foolish to trust the moon,
– la luna, luna, luna –
which gypsies know for a liar
and a thief of small boys.

How fully I trusted the moon
– la luna, luna, luna –
to hold you in my gaze
and reflect you in my eyes.

Full moon over water dances
as in a foundry shimmering
with love, her light gathering
you and me
our separate yearnings.

Serene moon,
discreet guardian of all
that was tender and new.
Delicate us.

And, oh, how she,
tremendous,
lily white, rose
over the placid harbor.

In her magnificence the moon
– la luna, luna, luna –
called me to you and –
I imagined, implored, ordained –
called you to me.

‘Shoo, moon, moon, moon’
I should have said,
but I was not jealous and did not fear
treachery. She was
our depository, our safeguard.

Untrustworthy moon.
– la luna, luna, luna –
She could have held you,
kept you, let me gaze upon you still.

Lily white she rises.
– la luna, luna, luna –
temptress of little boys,
spinning tales like silver rings.

I gaze in vain, despairing
and yearning, unsay your name.




33 comments:

  1. the moon serves as never ending inspiration, doesn't it? For some reason the sun doesn't have that same allure...

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    1. I suppose because it is hard to gaze at the sun... Thanks for reading, Sandra!

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  2. I really want to sing this ... a real tragedy... and the last line is a killer-line...

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    1. Ha! I'd love to hear you sing it, Björn. Thank you so much!

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  3. that was beautiful! truly my favorite piece of the week, and probably one of my favorites of yours.

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    1. Tiny black heart, Renada! Thank you. I'm so glad you like it.

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  4. So gorgeous! Rich language, wonderful pacing, tragic ending. This is absolutely stunning. Especially love "discreet guardian of all that was tender and new. Delicate us." Just wow.

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    1. Ahhhh That means so much, Suzanne. Thank you! So pleased you like it.

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  5. Kymm, this was magnificent! Spinning tales like silver rings...I hope there's a full moon tonight, because I want to read this by its light. (And if not tonight, then then when it is again)

    Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous!!!

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    1. Found this in the spam filter, and so glad I did. You say such lovely things! Thanks again, Valerie!

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  6. This piece of writing is lovely, lyrical and tragically haunting. I deem it to be the winner of the week. You must be wonderfully satisfied to have created such great work. Congratulations and well done, Kymm!

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    1. I did enjoy writing it, and am glad you enjoyed reading it. Thank you so much for such a glowing review, Tom!

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  7. Beautiful words! Some of it almost has a sing-song quality to it, like something a maiden would speak to the moon in the middle of the woods haha :D

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    1. I love the image you offer, and only wish I fit it. lol Thank you so much, Draug!

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  8. Some nice imagery and phrases here. Good work with the prompt!

    Thank you for linking up. Please remember to return for the voting!

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  9. Oh so lovely, Kymm. As others have noted, the lyrical cadence of your poem is song-like. I felt as if I should be humming it as I was reading it :)))

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    1. Makes me happy to hear that, Jo-Anne. I was reading Romancero gitano the whole time, hoping to imbue my piece with a tiny bit of García Lorca.
      Thank you!

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  10. Love your use of 'ordained.' Excellent entry.

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    1. Oh, I love ordaining, though I am apparently not very good at it. : )
      Thank you, Kylie!

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  11. I like how the moon is called "thief of small boys", and "temptress of little boys". That reminded me of how before the Web started getting its legs, back in 1994 when we still had VHS and cassette tapes and polaroid cameras, back when I was in high school my online name was "Lunacy". I enjoyed your poem!

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    1. Great online name. Thank you so much for your comments, Rob! I'm glad you enjoyed it.

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  12. I love this too Kymm! And while I thought I left a comment yesterday-I may have only dreamed that I did, or maybe the moon stole it! In any case, this is a gorgeous piece!

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    1. I got an email advice of a comment from you, but it never showed up here. The moon just cannot be trusted one bit!
      Thanks so much, Valerie. I'm happy you liked it!

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  13. The imagery was incredible . Great job. I wish I was this smart.

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    1. Smart... Didn't you read the title? lol
      Thank you so much for your kind comments, Ann!

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  14. Wonderful imagery for la luna, and that last line was divine.

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    1. Thank you so much, Kristin! *divine* swoon.

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  15. I loved this. It's definitely a song! la luna luna luna shoo moon moon moon -- oh I loved these and the very last "unsay your name" I think I think this is lovely lovely lovely!!

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    1. So glad for the love, Linda. Thankyou thankyou thankyou!!!

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