5 Moon Poems by Fereshteh Sholevar

5 Moon Poems

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The half-drunken moon
Stumbles into its sober half
And becomes full.

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I’m sitting in front of
A hallucinating moon
With both hands carrying a heavy pain
Which in vain
I try to let go.

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He smiles at me
With a piece of ocean in his eyes
While the shimmering moon passes
Through the apple trees.

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Ripples of moon
Over the cedar tree
The orphan duckling
Squeals along the stream.

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The old wolf lays down to cross over
The hunter moon creeps into his sleep
Faintly, he howls in his dream.

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Author’s Statement:

I was born and raised under a sky covered with silver stars, and a huge, bright full moon almost all year round. I’ve been obsessed with it since my childhood. In my culture, the moon is the symbol of beauty, passion, and love. It makes me feel romantic, melancholic, curious, and inspired. I think a poet without the moon is like a bird without wings. A song without music! A bilingual collection of my poems in German-English is called: Walking With The Moon. (1997) Every poet should write about the moon in a creative way. But apart from the aspect of poetically important, scientifically, the moon plays a big role on our Planet Earth:

“The brightest and largest object in our night sky, the Moon makes Earth a more livable planet by moderating our home planet’s wobble on its axis, leading to a relatively stable climate. It also causes tides, creating a rhythm that has guided humans for thousands of years.” (Source: Google)

~ Fereshteh Sholevar

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Fereshteh Sholevar, the Iranian-American poet and writer, immigrated to Germany in 1978 and later to USA in 1990. She received her Master’s degree in Creative writing at the University of Iowa and Rosemont College, Pa. She writes in four languages and has authored 6 books of poetry, a novel, and a children’s book. She has won awards in Philadelphia Poets and Pa Poetry Society. Her new bilingual poetry book (English-French) is available on Amazon: Of Dust And Chocolate.

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