Neutrality of moon

The moon has no opinion but
I wonder if the klansmen
see it more in white than silver.
The moon can just observe
the burning torches and reflect
without our shiver.
I wonder if the moon remembers
how ropes been used,
and hope that moon will shine
a little less until it’s over.

Death (Lynched Figure) by Noguchi Isamu

Linked to Kerry’s prompt at toads. Ten lines on uncomplicated things. It should be easy to condemn the Klan, and maybe the moon knows it. I will also link it to Poetry Pantry tomorrow.


August 19, 2017

36 responses to “Neutrality of moon

  1. The moon can just observe
    the burning torches and reflect
    without our shiver.

    A neutral position is nigh on impossible these days. This may have been a quick write but the images are stark and the commentary on point. Thanks, Bjorn.

  2. This is brilliant and captivating poetry.

    These are my favorites:

    “I wonder if the klansmen
    see it more in white than silver.”

    “and hope that moon will shine
    a little less until it’s over”

    Really incredible concept. So insightful and on point.

  3. We are quick to condemn anything with which we disagree. I like that the moon is neutral because really, it doesn’t give damn how we humans feel about things. It just sets and rises and looks over the world at our foolishness. An excellent write.

  4. I hope so too Björn, but alas, humankind will (continue to) light the night with their beacons of hate…
    Anna :o]

  5. No the moon won’t take a side.. she will just keep doing what she’s doing.. the world is upside down and being torn apart..she’ll just keep shining like the night is glowing.

  6. It’s true, the moon has no opinion, she just reflects the sun. I especially like the lines:
    ‘The moon can just observe
    the burning torches and reflect
    without our shiver’.

  7. We should know we are in trouble when the moon hides her face from us so often. It is sad when we see that hate starts taking foothold again using the past as crutch.

  8. What a moving poem, Björn. I take comfort in the fact that the moon seems rather indifferent to the ignorance of man — for one day nature will carry on without us, and another species will rise to the top of the pyramid. We can only hope that they are better at learning from their mistakes than humans have been.

  9. Bjorn, this is really a strong poem, which gives me a gulp. Actually a favorite of yours in recent times. Whew…. I am sure that the moon remembers the Klan from earlier times & remembers those ropes (and weeps). I am sure as well that the Klan sees a white moon. No shadows at all. Pure, and only, white!

  10. “Bad Moon Rising” oh yes! But as you say, the moon is a neutral object. But I like when tears come from clouds that block its shine.

  11. Whoa! Never associated “Bad moon on the rise” like that!
    Whatever the intent of this piece was… it worked.

  12. The constancy of the moon is such an impactful image. Writers often tend to romanticize it, in a lantern-of-the-world kind of way, but in actuality – as you so brilliantly make the case here – the moon presides (and has eternally presided over) manifold dark times.

  13. This is a wonderful poem, Bjorn, about some terrible times here. Yes the Moon only observes, or does it. She is going to hide the Sun tomorrow in the U.S. Perhaps she will just leave it that way.
    I love the song and read the Lyrics to “Bad Moon Rising” song by Creedence Clearwater Revival as it played. It used to play on my radio several times a day. Thank you.
    ..

  14. Yes, a wonderful poem! Perhaps not so much uncomplicated as uncompromising. And I too love tis song by this band.

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