crooning a tune with the moon

moon over basel

She perches on the rail,
kicking her feet out over the water.

Smiling, she says
‘Sing to me a sad song.’

So I croon her a tune of Count Basie’s-
‘Don’t the moon look lonesome,
shining thru the trees.
Don’t the moon look lonesome,
when your baby packs up to leave.’

And in a fit of giggles, she almost lands in the river-
Steadying herself, she whispers
‘Look the buildings are sleeping.’
Standing quietly, arms folded and eyes shut tight,
they lean against each other for support
like old horses in a stable.
‘But the river never sleeps.’
‘No, she doesn’t – she holds each bank in her strong embrace,
and sings her own songs to the sleeping city.’

‘Now, its your turn to sing.’

“Moon river, wider than a mile…’

I perch on the railing, precariously between
wakefulness
and dreaming

‘I’m crossing her in style one day’

I drift into sleep,
listening to the moon
as she sings to the river
and their quiet laughter laps onto the shore.

*** The beautiful watercolor is ‘moon over basel’ by Claudia Schoenfeld, who has graciously allowed her artwork to be used as inspiration for this weeks dVerse Poetics prompt. Thank you , Claudia!

24 thoughts on “crooning a tune with the moon

  1. Wow, this was one of my favorites for this prompt! Everything about it is beauty and charm and magic. Count Basie was swimming in my ears reading it.

    I absolutely loved this passage:

    And in a fit of giggles, she almost lands in the river-
    Steadying herself, she whispers
    ‘Look the buildings are sleeping.’
    Standing quietly, arms folded and eyes shut tight,
    they lean against each other for support
    like old horses in a stable.
    ‘But the river never sleeps.’
    ‘No, she doesn’t – she holds each bank in her strong embrace,
    and sings her own songs to the sleeping city.’

  2. oh i love that whole part with the sleeping buildings so much.. how they stand quietly, arms folded – leaning against each other… just love the whole feel of comfort that comes with it…also the river and the singing of the song…

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