From a Crescent

Written again (don’t know what happened to my link!)
for Poets United – Dark Moon, New Moon (posted by Susan)

“Historically and pragmatically speaking, The Dark Moon refers to the period of time when the moon exhibits zero illumination, while the New Moon starts the very first day that the moon appears in the night sky as a slim sliver of light. By this reasoning, the Dark Moon is a one day event, while the New Moon lasts approximately 7 days as a Waxing Crescent, right up until the First Quarter of illumination.” (by Speak of Secrets and Witchy Ways)

I think we’re talking about that mysterious turn around time here. Maybe there is a moment’s emptiness before the waxing begins, a moment without the reflected light of the sun. It feels dark, but often has the most stars we ever see.


A crescent sliver
swings in the sky,
an arc of promise.
Each ensuing night
furthers light
like an expanding
mind. There exists
hope that extreme
darkness in your life
will slowly dissipate
to shadow, and out
of increasing moonlight
you, too, will open,
spring forth from fog
into clear night sky
where silver dreams
are possible.


About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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7 Responses to From a Crescent

  1. Marja says:

    oh that is so beautiful Thank you for that


  2. Susan Chast says:

    Yes.The parallel brings hope. Very needed these days.


  3. Rosemary Nissen-Wade says:

    I love the way each phrase and line leads to the next with freshness yet inevitability – a feeling of rightness.


  4. mhmp77 says:


    Childhood will always linger on without any promptings!



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