Chalk-White Moonlight

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An Arctic air
pushes past the cracking door
as we step out
into the newly forming night
with many friendly cheers 
chasing us from the hall
The searing wind
grabs you by the ears
seconds abroad
and your bones will know the chill
in the chalk-white light
of this moon

Snow falls slowly
first on the cliffs above the lane
then these cobbles are scribbled out
under a virgin whiteness
We turn right
down Henrietta Street
hands meeting the iron
rails that trace the pier edge
The rugged fringes
of the North Sea rim
lit by the chalk-white light
of this moon

Forgive the weather 
it cannot help the tearing
at our laces, at our toggles
its fingers fumbling with our buttons
the wind wants at our napes
and your white dress
We see sparks
spitting from a chimney
the smoke house knows its duty
Rising embers
fight the delicacy of falling snow
in the chalk-white light
of this moon

My eyes drift out
glance a fishing boat
crossing the horizon
as it cuts through
the moon’s reflection
Then they turn back to hers
My wife, she holds my hand
for the first time in our lives
lit by the chalk-white light
of this moon

We’ll brave the weather
we’ll brave the seas
as one
we’ll brave everything to come
The chalk-white light
of the moon 
glinting on our ring fingers...


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Tue 3rd Mar 2020 09:25

Ah, thank you Martin, Jennifer and Mika for the comments. I'm so glad you enjoyed. And thank you Itsjustmedownhere and Binte for the likes.

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Tue 3rd Mar 2020 01:37

Nice updates. ?

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jennifer Malden

Mon 2nd Mar 2020 23:17

Lovely poem - 'a soaring wind grabs you by the ears '- 'the cobbles are scribbled out by a virgin whiteness', and the last two lines repeated hold it all together. Also expresses the determination to have a good new life together. Really enjoyable.


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Martin Elder

Mon 2nd Mar 2020 22:20

There is some fabulous description her with a wonderful rhythm that carries the poem along quite naturally.
Nice one

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Mon 2nd Mar 2020 14:22

Thank you for the comments Don, Mika and Frances and for the like Catherine. Much appreciated, as always. I feel it still needs a little work, but getting there... ?

Frances Macaulay Forde

Sun 1st Mar 2020 16:36

Just gorgeous. ?

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Sun 1st Mar 2020 15:38

Lovely imagery.

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Don Matthews

Sun 1st Mar 2020 12:32

Very good Tom.....

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