This and That

So I’m going on Friday to Austin to read my poem aloud before I have no idea how many people. I’ve never done something like this before, so I am NERVOUS. Here is the poem that’s going into the anthology…I’m trying to memorize it so I don’t have to have a paper in my hand while I’m reciting it.

The Moon

The moon is tangled in the trees
abandoned there by autumn breeze;

she cries aloud but no one knows
the noise above the sound of crows

all rising now to take their flight
against the winter’s lonely night.

I stand and gaze upon her face
and understand the words she says:

her terror of the coming frost,
her sorrow at the dreams she lost,
her fear of beauty fading fast
her knowledge that no joy can last
her vision dimming with the dawn,
her freedom being all but gone.

Her halo spreads like arms aloft
beseeching to once more be tossed

upon the sea of atmosphere
away from grounded woe and tears.

But wedged in branch and caught in leaf
the wind is but a bitter thief

to leave the precious, lovely thing
a bauble on a broken string.

5 Comments

  1. Wish I could be there!

  2. I love this. 🙂

  3. Awesome. You’re going to do great!!

  4. Hi Jennifer, I live in Austin and run writing groups and workshops. This is pretty cool that you’re coming to town to read. Do you know where, and when? I can pass along the info to my students in the Writer’s Workshop. Having a particular poet reading might help them get down to the Festival.

    All the best, and enjoy your reading. People in the crowd want you to be great. Remember that when you go on. A writing festival I attended in Iowa included a poetry track and a public reading night. One of the poets got up and said, “Our teacher said we should preface our poem reading with this line: “This is fresh, but it smacks of genius.”

    Ron

    • onething

      April 7, 2016 at 8:57 pm

      Hi Ron,
      Thank you for the kindly words! I am reading in the Blanton Museum Auditorium in the Smith Building on Friday night, beginning at 7pm (I’m not sure when I’ll go on stage).
      Jenni

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