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Rhona Aitken


Silver lace dapples the ocean

as far as I can see.
Sentinel clouds
with pale reflections
escort the wandering moon
as she gently sweeps
the universe.

She shines on me

does she also shine on you?
Has her benevolence
reached your shores
so far away?

On such a night
when we can see stars,
undimmed by land-made lights,
there is such beauty
it takes your breath away.
I gaze in wonder.
This is a night
I do not want to sleep.




© by Rhona Aitken. 
Used with the author’s permission.



 Rhona Aitken (1925 - 2018) lived all over the world during the course of her life. The author of The Memsahib's Cookbook, which she wrote while living in India and for which she also provided all of the illustrations, Rhona and her husband, Gordon, owned and operated a hotel in the U.K. for many years. After that venture, they bought an old-world house and turned it into a thriving restaurant. Rhona had three children and seven grandchildren, all of whom inherited her love for travel. For the last few years, she lived in a nursing home in Exmouth, England, where she wrote poetry, painted, shared Your Daily Poem every morning with her fellow residents, and continued to travel—on her 3-wheeler—as long as she was able.


Post New Comment:
Lori Levy:
Especially like the "silver lace" in the first line.
Posted 09/16/2016 07:44 PM
Your poem has passed your magical feeling on to me. Tahnks
Posted 09/16/2016 07:37 PM
Silver lace dapples the ocean - perfect line and description.
Posted 09/16/2016 12:49 PM
A pure joy to read & behold! Thanks, Rhona
Posted 09/16/2016 10:23 AM
Dear Rhona, Thank you for this insightful poem so gently presented. You have given me a fresh perspective on something as common as moonlight.
Posted 09/16/2016 10:15 AM
This is lovely. I do not want to sleep! :-)
Posted 09/16/2016 08:35 AM
Always good to see a poem by Rhona Aitken. Her poetry is wonderful and I like her attitude toward life. I love the ocean, thanks Rhona.
Posted 09/16/2016 06:43 AM

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