Treasure Island

Noreen Carden

(16/12/50 / Mayo)

Harvest Moon


Harvest moon hanging high
Watching us Gods ancient eye
Poets write you distant cold
While i observe your core
Behold i see a heart of gold

You sail the sky as lover s walk
Sharing in their sweet love talk
Why do we name you cold and pale
You colour every lovers tale

While young men are growing old
They are jealous of you orb of gold
You light the path young lovers stray
as their bones molder in the clay

Submitted: Wednesday, September 04, 2013
Edited: Thursday, September 05, 2013

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I wrote this one night when the moon seemed yellow in colour rather than silver

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  • Bri Edwards (5/16/2014 11:12:00 AM)

    anothar one i've read and commented on in the past, but (unless the poem has been changed since last year) i'm shocked that i didn't point out some things i see in it now. guess i'll send a message about it. :) bri (Report) Reply

  • Daniel Brick (5/8/2014 12:54:00 PM)

    You make magic with your perception of the moon as yellow/golden instead of white/silver. In just three stanzas you both alter and affirm the moon of our long imagination. You affirm its presence in the nocturnal aspects of human life - lovers, time, death even - but also alter aspects of it, with the ageing men feeling bereft and jealous of the young - but I think if they really soaked in that golden light they would be reconciled to ageing and rejoice in the happiness of the young! It's only natural that the moon's changes alerts us to ageing and offers consolation. (Report) Reply

  • Daniel Brick (4/6/2014 8:43:00 PM)

    It's amazing how the yellow color completely changed your reaction to the moonlight. And the reader's, of course, through your words. I felt ready for a mellow poem for the harvest season but instead was impacted by a disturbing
    change in expectation. You sense a heart of gold which is insightful. I sense something awry in the heavens. The last two lines bring in the theme of love and death which young people don't realize and old people don't acknowledge. This leaves me with a complex of emotions I can't fully wrap my mind around. But that's one of the important roles of poetry: Don't lull me with mellowness. Alert me with God's paradoxical yellow eye staring down. I'm saving this poem because I think my view of it will change as I change. (Report) Reply

  • Amitava Sur (1/29/2014 6:20:00 AM)

    A lovely imagery of the harvest moon, caring and sharing us all through..... loved it (Report) Reply

  • Mike Barrett (12/10/2013 2:47:00 PM)

    Love the imagery.... and overall feeling of the poem. Well done - thanks for sharing! (Report) Reply

  • Bri Edwards (11/20/2013 8:26:00 PM)

    noreen, i found a spot for this in MyPoemList, though the list is getting rather long. i even put some of MY poems in it. where else? ?
    i especially enjoyed the second stanza.
    i don't recall hearing before the moon being compared to God's ancient eye. is that original (from you) ? don't worry; i won't tell if you borrowed it, the phrase God's ancient eye. it would be too good to pass by.
    thanks for sharing. :) (Report) Reply

  • Hazel Durham (9/25/2013 7:46:00 AM)

    Suoerb write you have caught the magic and mystique of the harvest moon with inspired lines! (Report) Reply

  • Khairul Ahsan (9/23/2013 9:58:00 AM)

    A beautiful poem with an appropriate title. I guess many readers have had a look at the moon while or after reading your poem, as we had a full moon few days back. It's nice to imagine how this beautiful orb binds the children of the universe together, as we all at times gaze and wonder at the same moon, our moon! (Report) Reply

  • Unwritten Soul (9/20/2013 9:50:00 AM)

    Noreen...i read it perfectly on time..its full moon now...its beautiful! , and your poem too :) .. Today i saw some chinese kids playing with beautiful lantern...(its night here now) , really it so cool to combine what i have seen today to in your poem..lovely_Soul (Report) Reply

  • Anthony Di''anno (9/15/2013 10:09:00 AM)

    Your poem is rather nifty,
    with no mention of aliens grey and shifty,
    I found your poem soft and mellow,
    about a moon bright and mellow :) (Report) Reply

  • Patricia Grantham (9/14/2013 8:44:00 AM)

    You have truly written a beautiful about the moon. I have looked at
    it with admiration and see all of its wonderful splendor. I have a poem
    called Diamonds in the Sky and Snowflakes. Please take a peek
    when you have time. Loved your write. (Report) Reply

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