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Moon Rise
Jana Kalina


Beyond the sandy shore
abandoned for now by the tide

the horizon served up the moon
upon its evening-sky-blue plate

— a plump, about-to-burst,
Sicilian-style, deep-fired, Beef-steak
tomato —

No one moved (not even the dogs).
Silent eyes mesmerized, stared;
devoured completely
what no mouth could taste.


© by Jana Kalina.
Used here with the author’s permission



Jana Kalina lives with her husband on Vancouver Island, on the west coast of Turtle Island in British Columbia. A nature lover since toddlerhood, she's had the privilege of living on three very different continents thus far, enjoying the fact that each has its own unique geography, history, flora, and fauna. Says Jana, "When all else fails, nature's restorative embrace and expansiveness are my solace and joy. And poetry? Simply icing on the cake!"




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Fantastic description, and I love the dogs "mesmerized"!
Posted 07/17/2021 06:25 PM
Lori Levy:
Beautiful image of the moon as a "Beef-steak tomato."
Posted 07/16/2021 01:47 PM
There is a lot of competition for moon-writing, but this holds up well.
Posted 07/16/2021 11:22 AM
Such vividly expressive imagery! Superb poem
Posted 07/16/2021 10:10 AM
I adore when a poet writes something new about the moon!
Posted 07/16/2021 09:04 AM
michael escoubas:
Exquisite poem, Jana . . . really like the way you make every word count. It is a beautiful "look" on the page as well.
Posted 07/16/2021 08:48 AM
Great description. Love the image of the speaker and the dogs admiring the giant "tomato"!
Posted 07/16/2021 08:00 AM
Jana, I love the way you have captured that mesmerizing moment when you, everyone else, and the dogs were caught up in the stillness and light of the moon, that awe--beautiful!
Posted 07/16/2021 07:55 AM

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