Caged Moon (a septet)

Willows, the anchors of life,
felted with silvery grey,
captured the moon and his wife
in a basket canopy,
where daddy longlegs rattle
and candle flies do battle:
at the end of a hot day.

Kim M. Russell, 19th July 2018

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My response to dVerse Poets Pub Meeting the Bar: Septets

This Thursday, Frank Hubeny is looking after the bar in a week when we are celebrating dVerse’s seventh anniversary, in honour of which the theme for Meeting the Bar is any seven-line poem or poem with seven-line stanzas.

Frank reminds us that we’ve done septets before and that he recently discussed Chaucerian stanzas and rhyme royale, which are seven-line poems in iambic pentameter.

He says that our poems do not have to be Chaucerian stanzas; they don’t have to rhyme; and they don’t have to be about anything in particular. They just have to contain seven lines or have stanzas of seven lines each.

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45 thoughts on “Caged Moon (a septet)

  1. For me….I read this and feel like I’m lying somewhere on the ground, looking up through the canopy of those willow branches……….and then I look more closely at this almost mythical illustration and I begin to think of the wedding of the moon and nature – represented by the deep rooted willow. The more I read this one, the more ethereal it becomes 🙂

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    1. I’m so pleased you enjoyed it, Lill. It’s been one of those days and I wasn’t sure if it would meet the challenge. I think I need to read my own poem – it might help! 😊 I’m off to bed soon but will be back to read and comment in the morning.

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    1. Thank you. All poems written to prompts are drafts and will probably metamorphose into something else. I appreciate your thoughtful comment and have made a note.

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  2. I’m with Kathy on this, I like the nusery rhyme tilt and feel to this, taking the ordinary surroundings and imbuing them with mythic wonder (and why not? It is all really pretty wonderful isn’t it?, I mean the overwhelming complexity of just a willow, let alone all of those spinning objects in the sky). This one grew on me a lot, a must read aloud selection.

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    1. Thanks for reading and commenting, Lona., and for paying such close attention to my poem. You’re right about the complexity of willow; we have two huge corkscrew willows in our garden and I love looking up at the branches. One of the cats loves climbing them too!

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  3. Excellent image! I immediately loved it as your poem started with the word ‘Willow’ and also everytime when someone think of moon as a guy, I am like ‘Woah’ This poem has a lot of my favorite words- Willow, canopy. Also “candle flies do battle’ – Love this line. Would you like to explain what unearthed this line?

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    1. Thank you, Jay. I have always loved the idea of fireflies (also known as candle flies) but I haven’t seen any for years. I imagined angry gnats lit by moonlight standing in for fireflies and candle suited muted moonlight better than fire.

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      1. That is a beautiful thought, thank you for explaining. It’s sad that I haven’t seen any fireflies since my childhood too, says something about the nature of our environment. Doesn’t it?

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