First Line Friday -September 29th 2017


I cannot rest when the moon is full
it’s wintery presence keeps me wakeful
the moon keeps on weaving in and out
of the garlands of black clouds
sweeping across the sky
and I’m the shy audience
witnessing this playfulness
as the night moves in concordance

in the stillness of the night
the lyrics of “a lovely night”
playing over and over to my mind
thinking of how and where we’ve met
and you’ve held my hands
and we’ve danced by the light of the moon
you’ve caught my heart and soul
the mere sight of you made me swoon

stars are behind the haze of black cloud
that is strained thinly above
and the fleeting moonlight
decolourised the grey-scale world briefly
and then it was gone
such is the wonder of the night
as I look up the sky
and I’m waiting for my knight

am I a fool to dream?
that we could be together
on a night like this
the silver glow of the moon
smiled down at me with love
it warmed my soul like a fireplace
my worries burned away and
I went back to sleep with grace*

(c) ladyleemanila 2017

* The A L’Arora, a form created by Laura Lamarca, consists of 8-lined stanzas. The rhyme scheme for this form is a, b, c, d, e, f, g, f with no syllable count per line. The minimum length for the poem is 4 stanzas with no maximum length stipulation. The A L’Arora is named after Laura Lamarca as “La” is her signature. “Aurora” is Italian and means “dawn” – “Arora” is derived from this. This form is dedicated to Chad Edwards.

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