Saturday, November 13, 2010

Half Moon

for MH

a cup half filled with time
a willow tree spilling

a silver cloud
a star tattoo on the upper arm a
blue moment

a sip of tea on Clement Street
a calla lily a recollection a

a telephoto lens trained on an-
other time & place a blank
calendar page

a cup of shaved ice a
1930s Windsor banjo a
waning moon

Jack Hayes
© 2010

Hope you enjoyed this new poem, which was inspired by my misreading a friend’s comment on her beautiful photograph of a half moon.  What she actually said was, “I’m trying to think of this as a cup half full time.”  What I read was, “I’m trying to think of this as a cup half full of time.”  Admittedly, I believe there were hypens in the original comment, but I didn't let that deter my misreading.

In other news on the poetry front: I recently was interviewed for the Tangerine Tree Press blog about my book The Spring Ghazals.  It was a challenging & insightful interview, & I’m delighted by how it turned out.  Many thanks to Sheila Graham-Smith for the fine work she did on this!  Hope you’ll check it out—you can do so at this link.

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  1. Well, what a happy mishearing, John! This is delightful, a cataract of lunar images, which all chime beautifully together. Fine stuff!

  2. I love the notion of the moon being a cup, half full of time. You actually had me at "willow".

  3. Hi Dick & Willow

    Dick: Thanks--I did think it was a nice case of misprision myself!

    Willow: Now you are one person who's glad I have a willow tree right outside my office window! Glad you liked it.

  4. I love this - all those cool, serene, blue white images. The opening stanza especially is amazing; not only the "misread comment" in the first line, but the willow tree that seems to be spilling apparitions is fantastic.

  5. Hi HKatz: so happy you liked it! Thanks.

  6. How wonderful that the misreading would lead to such a beautiful poem.

    I like the cup of shaved ice. I like it all actually.


  7. brilliant view on the moon.
    thanks for sharing.

  8. Hi Jingle Poetry: Thanks--glad you liked it.


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