From Rosa's Poetry Archives: Volume I

Traitor Moon

I will have words with you tonight O Moon!
For I saw you in the sky,
As I stood by here on earth;
Not knowing what to say
Knowing only that finally I was
Alone with him and
You were full.

I will have words with you tonight, O Moon!
You watched, didn't you,
As he turned away-
With your solemn pale face!
Your moonbeams failed to enchant
O Traitor Moon!

How many poets have crooned to you,
Drunk on your lunar pull?
How many poems conceived under your glow?
How long have you been my conspirator,
Faithless friend!

How many nights have your silver beams
Stolen into my room
And heard my whispered prayers:
"God bless Mom, God bless Dad-
And when will he be mine?"
Again and again I let you in,
Now I bar the door and window
Against you and your slippery silvery promises
Of Love and Poetry and Passion

What good are you now, pale orb?
Once inspiring, now mocking-
And don't say to me "Tides or "Light"
Would that we were at the water's edge last night
And the tide carried him off!
And as for your light, it did little good
Except to illuminate his path as he left me.

I will have words with you tonight O Moon,
And you shall shine no more at my window
And hear no more night prayers
Take back your silver beams from across my pillow
And no longer crown me with your pale light
As I sleep


Anonymous said...

I had almost forgotten about this one-I love it! Please write more.

Camille said...

did you write this? I can hear your voice when I read it. :)

Rosa said...

Hey Mille,
yes, it was I.

Read Your Way Through the Garden: Choice Tomes From Garden Literature

  • A Book of Salvias by Betsy Clebsch
  • Botany for Gardeners by Brian Capon
  • Making Bentwood Trellises by Jim Long
  • RHS Encyclopedia of Plants & Flowers
  • Rose Primer: An Organic Approach to Rose Selection & Care by Orin Martin
  • Start With the Soil by Grace Gershuny
  • Sunset Western Garden Book
  • Sunset Western Landscaping Book
  • The Book of Garden Secrets by Patent & Bilderback
  • The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Botany
  • the Gardener's Table: A Guide to Natural Vegetable Growing and Cooking by Richard Merrill & Joe Ortiz
  • The Gardener's Year by Karel Capek
  • The Hutchinson Dictionary of Plant Names: Common & Botanical
  • We Made A Garden by Margaret Fish

lotsa latin: rosa's botanical & etymological ruminations

  • vespertinus: flowers in the evening
  • vernalis:spring
  • veni vidi nates calcalvi: we came, we saw, we kicked butt. This was printed on a T shirt I bought at Abbot's Thrift many years ago. It encircled the NEA symbol. I wish I knew why.
  • superciliaris: shaped like an eyebrow ex: sturnella superciliaris, the White-browed Blackbird
  • rosa-sinensis: species of Hibiscus: Hibiscus rosa-sinensis. Lit. Rosa of China, so named by British plant hunters.
  • placentiformis: shaped like a cake ex: discocactus placentiformis
  • nudiflorus: flowers before leaves show ex: flowering quince, magnolia
  • nivalis: growing in or near snow ex: galanthus nivalis (common snowdrop)
  • muralis: growing on walls
  • mirabilis: marvellous, wonderful
  • formosa: beautiful ex: dicentra formosa, a.k.a.western bleeding heart/dutchman's breeches/lady in a bath
  • carpe vitam: get a life
  • Carolus Linnaeus: Latinized name of Carl von Linne (1707-1778), Swedish naturalist considered the father of plant taxonomy. Whatta guy.