Ramona hosts Poetry Friday today at Pleasures from the Page. Thank you, Ramona! A big thank you to Irene Latham for the autographed copy of Moonstruck! Poems About Our Moon, edited by Roger Stevens and illustrated by Ed Boxall. In celebration of the upcoming publication of The Museum on the Moon, Irene offered Stevens' book of poems by random selection. It arrived in my mailbox! The anthology features Roger Stevens' fun poems, along with moon poems by other poets. Emily Brontё's poem "Moonlight, Summer Moonlight" is included.
Moonlight, Summer Moonlight
All soft and still and fair;
The solemn hour of midnight
Breathes sweet thoughts everywhere,
But most where trees are sending
Their breezy boughs on high,
Or stooping low are lending
A shelter from the sky.
And there in those wild bowers
A lovely form is laid;
Green grass and dew-steeped flowers
Wave gently round her head.
Namingha's gorgeous painting inspired me to write this poem, a Nonet, which I learned to write in this poetry forum. If you're not familiar with this form, it's a nine-line poem with the first line containing 9 syllables. The remaining lines contain syllables in descending order. So 9 syllables followed by 8,7,6,5,4,3,2,1. Since this poem is inspired by a painting, it's an ekphrastic nonet!