stones, bones, and perigee

moon at perigee

moonset near perigee
pulls my blood
into a fall east

and I want to worship it

spin unhinged
the way a dervish does
or maybe strut
a more choreographed joy
like a bollywood dancer

raising one eyebrow
flirted in time
to cymbals
and sideways hip snaps
shimmied up
that lowest rib

the one it’s said
I borrowed
but tonight
is not a night
to number bones

let’s dance
under that yellow stone

**Thanks in part to Holly and her shimmy.

About Susan L Daniels

I am a firm believer that politics are personal, that faith is expressed through action, and that life is something that must be loved and lived authentically--or why bother with any of it?
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27 Responses to stones, bones, and perigee

  1. annotating60 says:

    Seems like a night for beautiful poetry my dear.>KB

  2. The moon is just enormous here in the desert…at least it was last night. I like the idea of the dervishes whirling. Nice work, Susan.

  3. Eric Kovach says:

    What a glorious gift this poem is. Beautiful and fun and mythic,
    The moon, la luna, is a sister to me, in a spiritual sense.

  4. davidtrudel says:

    Really, really beautiful. As full of emotional substance as the moon!

  5. jeglatter says:

    Ahhhhhh, Bollywood under that beautiful moon! Yes!

  6. yeoldefoole says:


  7. Wonder what it’s like on Jupiter with all those moons … 😉

  8. This is BEAUTIFUL Susan! I particularly love “spin unhinged” – it’s so mobile and free and fits with the idea of the full moon.
    And thank you for the link to my dancing poem – the dancing you describe is the grace I’d love to aspire to, so this is like what I’m envisioning in my head when I’m gallumphing about like a heifer!

    • Oh, I wish I was more dancer and less gallumper myself, but I am graceless, except through poetry 😉

      That poem, and the images from your friend, really sparked me, but it didn’t hit until I saw the moon last night!

  9. Alice Keys says:

    “let’s dance under that yellow stone”. Bravo on this line. Sigh. It is a rock up there in the sky, after all. Alice

  10. sensual – clever as always – almosttouching was brilliant – but again with dervish? lol

  11. Joyous and sensual. Very nice.

  12. unfetteredbs says:

    Spinning dervish. Dancing to your wonderful beat here Susan

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