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18 | she/they | hypothetical astronaut | ekphrastic poet | haunted house

Message to Readers

I love the moon.

Any Other Steeple/Home

September 22, 2019

PROMPT: Lunar Phrases

all my dreams and disappointments
come back to me in the moon’s face;
moon man, who wishes sweetness onto the cradles
of the infidels, with their incessant crying
and sings them to sleep with his waxy patience.
only he can hold them, and he will keep them
like no other god could, and he will love them like any other steeple

the moon wishes to be an astronaut when she grows up,
she tells her mother who sighs and says maybe one day
even though she means never and the moon can tell this
lie from the other truths because she rotates everyday
through the windows of her mother’s home, past the dresser
filled with dust and the smoldering cigarettes on the 
living room side table, gathering sound and mystery
while the garden outside grows ever and only upwards 


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  • Norah

    Thank you AbiJoy, this piece is close to my heart and it means a lot that you like it! Also, agnostic werewolf is just...such a good word combo, thanks for that as well.

    over 1 year ago
  • AbiJoy

    Now I feel like I know what an agnostic werewolf feels like? I have a new favorite celestial body! Thank you for creating this!

    over 1 year ago
  • rainandsonder

    reading this made my brain do a keysmash, it's so good. i adore both but the second one especially pulled me in with its premise, the moon wanting to be an astronaut. i have to admit that i've always been more of a star person than a moon person, but the beauty of your poetry, the way you twist words to create gorgeous stories, might just convert me.

    almost 2 years ago
  • Norah

    Thank you so much for this genuine comment, it means a lot to get a visceral response to a poem I wrote, I'm so so glad it affected you!

    almost 2 years ago
  • r|A|i|N

    this poem is breathtakingly beautiful. the writing is exquisite; you interpreted the prompt in a unique and gorgeous way. the metaphor of the moon to a person’s aspirations is really clever; i had to read the piece twice to understand its meaning, and i’m so glad i did. this is the best poem i’ve read in a long time. i’m in awe of your work.

    almost 2 years ago