News From the Natural World: Song of the Pink Moon

I knew I wanted to write about this week’s spectacular pink moon today, but wasn’t sure what format my poem should take. This morning, I was rereading Dictionary For A Better World, by Irene Latham and Charles Waters. I am absolutely in love with this book. Charles and Irene’s poems are just the beginning of the many layers to this rich and rewarding book. If you haven’t read it, read it now. You’ll feel much better.

Hope seems to be in short supply lately, so I had this page bookmarked. As it happens, Irene’s poem about hope is a nonet, “a nine-line poem that begins with a one-syllable line and builds to a nine-syllable line, or the reverse.” As today is April 9th, this seemed like the perfect time to try this form.

Song of the Pink Moon

pink moon
rises, shines
her bright spotlight
on a woodland pond.
Soaring from the shadows,
the humming and thrumming of
a thousand exuberant spring
peepers, singing the world a love song.

Draft © Catherine Flynn, 2020

My view of last night’s pink moon.

Other “News From the Natural World” poems:

April 8: Jewel of the Jungle
April 5: Phantom of the Forest
April 4: To Build a Nest
April 3: Apple Cake
April 2: Specimen
April 1: Forest Snail

Today, it’s Carol Varsalona’s turn to choose a line for this year’s Progressive Poem.

1 Donna Smith at Mainely Write
2 Irene Latham at Live Your Poem
3 Jone MacCulloch, deowriter
Liz Steinglass
Buffy Silverman
Kay McGriff
7 Catherine Flynn at Reading to the Core
8 Tara Smith at Going to Walden
9 Carol Varsalona at Beyond Literacy Link
10 Matt Forrest Esenwine at Radio, Rhythm, and Rhyme
11 Janet Fagel, hosted at Reflections on the Teche
12 Linda Mitchell at A Word Edgewise
13 Kat Apel at Kat Whiskers
14 Margaret at Reflections on the Teche
15 Leigh Anne Eck at A Day in the Life
16 Linda Baie at Teacher Dance
17 Heidi Mordhorst at My Juicy Little Universe
18 Mary Lee Hahn at A Year of Reading
19 Tabatha at Opposite of Indifference
20 Rose Cappelli at Imagine the Possibilities
21 Janice Scully at Salt City Verse
22 Julieanne Harmatz at To Read, To Write, To Be
23 Ruth,
24 Christie Wyman at Wondering and Wandering
25 Amy at The Poem Farm
26 Dani Burtsfield at Doing the Work That Matters
27 Robyn Hood Black at Life on the Deckle Edge
29 Fran Haley at lit bits and pieces
30 Michelle Kogan

21 thoughts on “News From the Natural World: Song of the Pink Moon

  1. I hear and see your beautiful images! What a great idea to have the “pink moon,” shine, “her bright spotlight.” Your line, “singing the world a love song,” is perfect. I love it! Last week I heard peepers and Tuesday I heard wood frogs. Their songs brought me joy and peace as your poem has. Thank you.

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