A Sonnet to the Winter Moon


A Sonnet To The Winter Moon

The winter months begin with this clear night.

November’s full moon radiates the sky

And touches rim to mountain rim with light

Through shadowed branches, followed by my eye

Awakened in its glow. That silent call

Of moonlit forests, ancient to one’s heart

As, too, it is on earth, comes over all

And with its power filled, I stand apart

From daily human life’s most turgid snares.

This moment turns all thinking towards the Mind

Of light within, and leaves one’s spirit bare

As these now leafless trees with light enshrined.

By wisdom purified of all that’s done,

I am with winter moonlight now made one.

by Ladybelle Fiske (Isabella F. McFarlin)

Written on a moonlit night in November some years ago. I woke up with the moon shining in the window and this poem arose, almost complete, in my mind.


About quarryhillcreativecenterVT

I am the daughter of the founders of Quarry Hill Creative Center in Rochester, VT. I've been a writer all my life, and also love to draw in pastel, like my mother. My father taught me to write and many other things (rather as Prospero taught Miranda). I learned many things from my mother too-- not just how to draw, but how to be caring and kind to animals and things that can not protect themeselves. "They shall not hurt or destroy in all my holy mountain." That has been her central point of view and is one of Quarry Hill's mottos. We welcome visitors, love children, and have places to rent and sell if anyone wants to come live in the beauty of the Vermont Mountains. ladybellefiske@gmail.com

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