Full Moon Clouds for OctPoWriMo Day 1

If you love to write poetry, you love a good poetry challenge, and you are missing April’s NaPoWriMo then you are in the right place. There are now multiple Novel writing months it is past time we added another Poetry month. October is a great time to challenge poets to a poem a day for thirty one days.

This October, I’m also focusing on gratitude, so each of my poems will use the daily prompt, and deal in some way with thankfulness. Come join me on this poetic journey – and feel free to comment, or link your own poems.

For October 1st, the prompt is “Clouds”. My poem’s subject is the nightly walks that my daughter and I take – specifically, the walk we took last week, just following the Super Blood Moon full lunar eclipse.

Full Moon Clouds

We step out the door,

My girl and I

for our nightly walk.

Full moon night

After an eclipse

And a skyful of clouds.

The silver moon

Glows like a nightlight

Seen behind frosted glass.

We walk and talk

My girl and I

Illuminating spirits.

We sit in the front yard.

In our camp chairs

And watch the clouds.

“They look like snow

When the wind’s blown it

Into little hills and valleys.”

“Or the surface of a brain

If you flattened it out

And it was white, not grey.”

It’s about more than clouds

This time that we share

More than full moons and walks.

It’s about connection

Little moments holding hands

And sharing secrets.

She’s growing up fast

This girl of eleven

Will soon be a woman.

She’ll live her life grown

On her own terms

With clouds we don’t share.

Our walks will be memories

These hand in hand times

Sharing secrets beneath cloud blankets.

What we’re weaving tonight

While clouds roll above

Is the fabric of her future self.

Return tomorrow, for my next poetic thanksgiving….and, until then, maybe you could share what you’re grateful for today!

If poetry happens to be on your gratitude list, you can find more cloudy poems at the OctPoWriMo Day One  list, or visit the #OctPoWriMo hashtag on Twitter and Instagram.

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  1. This is stunningly beautiful and makes me miss Cuddle Time with my now grown “children.”

    • We’re both bracing ourselves for the fact that upstate New York winters aren’t particularly conducive to year round night walks – we live rurally, without sidewalks, and once there are snowbanks too high to move past, we wouldn’t be safe.

      I’m honored that you like it. Yesterday included some complications that made it later than I wanted before I got started, and had me on the distracted side all day.

      Today is better. I’ve had a bit of time to assimilate, talk things over with the kids and my Accomplice, and process some of my emotions. Plans are being made to accommodate the changes, and that always helps when chaos strikes.

      I’ll be delving into today’s poem in the next few hours – little ideas are already sparking…

      • Winters aren’t conducive to evening walks, especially in the country. I’m sure you have plans for another special after dinner activity.
        I hope whatever changes you must make will lead to personal growth and much joy.

    • My son just turned 14, too. There are fewer years of them as children ahead, than behind,now. I love out nightly chance to connect.

      May you enjoy.some clouds with your daughter, too. =)

  2. I like the image of you and your daughter walking together. I can picture you doing this over the years and under the clouds. Good job, Shan!!

    • Thanks. We’ve been taking these walks for a few months now, and we’re trying to work out winter ideas….

      It’s a precious time for us both, and I know we’re building something that will last…

      And those clouds were phenomenal!

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