Sunday, March 13, 2011

La Luna Piena

By Joseph Hesch

Last night’s full moon,
resplendent in its frost-haloed glory,
shone like the brightest pearl,
perched on a phosphorescent-ringed
half-shell, like Botticelli’s Venus.
Or maybe like a silver stone
dropped into the
deepest-blue pool, and there
emitting concentric ripples
of gold, turquoise, and pink,
and a light beyond white,
casting shadows so dense
I tripped over one.

This is another poem I submitted to my friend, poet Heather Grace Stewart for the Poets for Tsunami Relief one-week blogzine of poetry on her website Where the Butterflies Go. It's been in the notebook for a while and was inspired by standing out in the yard one clear night with my longtime muse, our Golden Retriever Mollie. Please check out Heather's website and maybe be illuminated by some wonderful poets.


  1. I saw this piece over at Heather's and was going to comment earlier but got distracted. I love it. From the Italian title to that last amazing coupla lines... it's just beautiful.

  2. Great poem. I retweeted!

  3. Beautiful, and also very clever.

  4. A divine celestial portrait, coursing with the same romantic beauty of image as you call upon in Boticelli's masterpiece. Absolutely lovely.

  5. ha, love that last line the humor plays well with your beautiful description...

  6. You've painted words like a photographer looking through his lens. So fluidly. I must say I'm spending more time at your place, and loving what I see here. Absolutely loved this piece, I'm still working on mine for heather, the right words just won't come. Disappointed in myself x

  7. the full moon i think is a never ending well of inspiration for us poets - and the last line makes her seem to be so close

  8. I believe I have already expressed how much I enjoyed this...but I will express it again. I love it even more now that I picture the constant companion at your side. beat you to oneshot! lol Wonderful write, Joe!

  9. Beautiful, beautiful, soul full words and effect.

    Lady Nyo

  10. I really enjoyed reading the posts on your blog. I would like to invite you to come on over to my blog and check it out. God bless, Lloyd

  11. Beautiful lines in this one, each building outward just like that silver stone's ripples.

  12. So many visuals in your piece...

  13. Hi Joseph

    A great vivid imagery with so many ways to describ it and at that powerfully.. thanks for sharing...

    ॐ नमः शिवाय
    Om Namah Shivaya
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  14. Great change of pace at the a giant exclamation point on the piece...well done! Vb

  15. I enjoyed your description but even more I enjoyed bumping into your last two lines. Nice.