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Poem: "The Moon in a Silver Cup"
Here is today's freebie poem, courtesy of a prompt from jolantru. It is a true story. Sometimes the old tales are made new again, for they live in us and we give them shape through our lives.


The Moon in a Silver Cup


Old were the folktales,
Sweet on my lips as honey,
And when he said to me,
“What do you desire?”
I could not resist.

I said to him,
“Bring me the Moon in a silver cup,”
Thinking him wise enough
To know the old answer to the folk riddle.

Instead he brought me a coin –
No larger than my thumbnail,
Minted with maria on one side
And wee words on the other
Telling its own tale –
A coin struck from silver
That had flown around the moon.

And my heart overflowed.

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wyld_dandelyon From: wyld_dandelyon Date: September 8th, 2009 11:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ooh, I like it!
valdary From: valdary Date: September 8th, 2009 11:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
That is lovely.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: September 10th, 2009 02:32 am (UTC) (Link)

Thank you!

I'm glad to hear that.
je_reviens From: je_reviens Date: September 9th, 2009 02:20 am (UTC) (Link)
lovely. a bit of beauty in a horrible week.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: September 10th, 2009 02:26 am (UTC) (Link)

*hugs*

I'm sorry to hear that your week has sucked.
dormouse_in_tea From: dormouse_in_tea Date: September 9th, 2009 03:51 am (UTC) (Link)
This really does give joy upon the reading. I'm so glad you chose this one.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: September 10th, 2009 02:16 am (UTC) (Link)

Thank you!

When my sweetie read it, he came downstairs and kissed me, too.
fayanora From: fayanora Date: September 10th, 2009 12:00 am (UTC) (Link)
Someday, space tourism will be big, and when someone asks for the moon and the stars, they'll get a moon rock and a magnetic containment flask full of solar plasma.

Excellent poem, by the way!

Edited at 2009-09-10 12:01 am (UTC)
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: September 10th, 2009 01:21 am (UTC) (Link)

Yay!

So mote it be.

I'm glad you like the poem, too.
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