Phases of the Seven Moons

by Mary Ellen Talley

Light most cherished in darkness
waxing crescent
My whole perspective has changed
first-quarter moon
She said a whole lotta prayers
waxing gibbous
I get so lonely evenings
full moon
The short-term memory thing
waning gibbous
It’s so annoying
Blessed anxiety the beast
waning crescent
The burden shuts open doors
new moon
on the lam body slam
waxing crescent
The burden opens shut doors
A casket is the omen
waning gibbous
No matter – ashes scatter
here there everywhere elsewhere
waning crescent
souls deliver rivers home
full moon
light white river’s edge in sight

Mary Ellen Talley’s poems have recently been published in Raven Chronicles, U City Review and Ekphrastic Review as well as in anthologies The Doll Collection and Ice Cream Poems. Her poetry has received two Pushcart Nominations.

Copyright 2018, Mary Ellen Talley

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