As the moonlight cries softly

a bit long my friends.....

Driving long into the night of the wolf moon
goes the Pisces man
the long winding two lane
passes slowly by as
I could almost shut off the headlights
and drive by the gift of lunar magic
From the side
of the road ,through the black pine
spruce and hemlock trees
of the boreal forest floor
the moonlite from the dark
like the shadow of a trellis
on a white clapboard wall
Blending all into a symphonic motion
and it seems like such magic

Yet we as humans only view it now
from the bedroom window
when we are sleep starved
and saddened and standing by
ourselves and our
Or in too much of a hurry to arrive
at just one more place
we have to be
in life
One more mile closer to knowing the
next mile and the next of
eternities path

I reach down and shift the truck into
another gear another somehow futile attempt to
climb another hill
that needs climbing
another corner in another
long road that needs
But then something happens.......
an owl , big , beautifully close , grey and white dappled
wings in
full flight passes almost too close to
the glass separating me
from truely experiencing this
moonlit night

I even hit the breaks to keep from
commiting just one more
mindless crime against nature
by man .......and now the biggest crime of all
is not stopping ......
Something inside of me surrenders
as just ahead in the road home
I know there is a picnic pull
off on the right side of the road
spread out on the top of a
pine tree covered ridge

I have been driving for a while now
and the silence of turning off the engine
almost shocks me into a
mood of unease
And yet as I open the door and step
out of the truck I find that I don't
want to spoil the magic
of the night
So I carefully close the door
by leaning into it listening
for the click

And then I slowly turn to face the direction
of this full january moon
and greet the absolute silence
of the night
of an abandoned highway
and the forest
My mistress
Yet not wanting to spoil it
like a child who closes the
brown paper bag
of candy to save the rest
for later
I only look up at the moon
in small glances

There is a calmness here that begs for
me to stay
To share and to savour
pulling my collar around my neck
now I step off along the roadside
near the high snow bank
that reflects back at me
with the lunar wishes as
the wolf moon cries silently
" please stay here with me my friend
we can share this night as I've been
so alone and lonely
and we both know you feel
just as I do "

And I answer back , "yes ! I will stay and
listen ........listen to the openings in the rock
lined icey flowing river banks chattering below
to the almost imperceptably
soft wind in the bows of the pines above my head
and to the silent tears
of your moonlit night"
Yes , I think out loud ....."I will
stay awhile and listen go ahead
and lay your light of magic
here on my shoulder
and cry my friend
go ahead and cry "
And so the moon and the man
spend an hour or so
of uncharted time
like two old friends around
a campfire in some lost

And then I arrive home later
and slide into the comfort
of a warm bed and the glow from a window
near my place of sleep
I smile in my ussual restless slumber
as moondreams slowly
blind my awakeness
And listen as the wind
outside speaks
"thank you my friend for stopping
by and listening"
I know the face of the moon is
now smiling

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bizarrett81 4 years ago from Maine

ahorseback this is amazingly beautiful. I love the night time and the silence and beauty it brings, and this brings back memories of driving into the mountains and seeing the milky way spread out over the sky, or like even last night, trying to stand the 10 degrees just because the moon looked so beautiful that I wanted to linger... voted up and awesome!

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ahorseback 4 years ago Author

Bizarrett, Hello neighbor ! Ah ,another lover of the night , the moon ,the winter ! is it a love hate thang !lol too...Thank you for sharing this with me !

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bizarrett81 4 years ago from Maine

Yes it is! I love the night sky. Stargazing is my religion!!

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ahorseback 4 years ago Author

Hi Biz Ohhh , a woman and a star lover , By the way , they will remember your name ! as long as you learn some of thiers too !.....:-} Ed

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bizarrett81 4 years ago from Maine

Oh yes I love the stars. I know everything we are made from originated from the universe and the stars, so I feel connected to them. I am trying to learn their names, but there are so many!! Someday I hope to pay to have my own name put on one = )

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Life Iz Beautiful 4 years ago from India

It is so serene and so calm. Such a wonderful poet you are!

voted beautiful and awesome...

Have a great day ahead...

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Enlydia Listener 4 years ago from trailer in the country

Very nice!

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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

Wow, you truly have a way with words. This is so beautiful. I love your descriptions. I've enjoyed night drives, but you put them in a whole other light. Love this!Voted up and others!

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BlossomSB 4 years ago from Victoria, Australia

At first I was inclined to agree that it was too long, but no! It was just right and beautiful!

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Mhatter99 4 years ago from San Francisco

Thank you for sharing this wonderful expression of the night.

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Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Voted up and beautiful. I'm a Pisces and even though it is a sign of the water I love the beauty of the forest, the moon and the music of the wind. This was wonderful. Passing this on.

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dreamseeker2 4 years ago

Awesome way of writing. Had to be voted up! I could see it all through your words of description with feeling. : )

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ahorseback 4 years ago Author

Life is Beautiful , Are you always soo insightful !.......Thank you dear girl of beauty you're awesome !

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ahorseback 4 years ago Author

Hi Victoria , Thank you , that means alot !....Ed

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ahorseback 4 years ago Author

Blossom , Maybe it shoulda been a book huh !

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ahorseback 4 years ago Author

Mhatter , I really appreciate that my friend !.....Ed

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ahorseback 4 years ago Author

Gypsy Rose , Im a Pisces as well , Maybe we have too much water on the brain !

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ahorseback 4 years ago Author

dreamseeker , Thats one thing I loove abbout writing , thank you so much !...Ed

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ImKarn23 4 years ago

Mmmmmm...what a magical night!

You know i've been a huge fan since the day i arrived, Cowboy - and since then - you've only impressed me more with your unique and diverse writing skills!

I still maintain you have one of the biggest talents around!

up and sharingxx

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ahorseback 4 years ago Author

Leslie . You are so nice ! You can't believe how lucky I feel to have found this outlet and---- a friend like you sweety !

Here let me give you a hubber hug !!!!!!

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wayne barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

The rhythmic pace and the beauty of this piece made me sad when it came to an end. I couldn't note all the verses that stood out to me or I would be rewriting your entire poem in the comment box. Beautiful.

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ahorseback 4 years ago Author

Wayne , thank you for that my friend !........Ed

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D.Juris Stetser 4 years ago from South Dakota

Just when I think you couldn't possibly outdo yourself, you do! This work, and the photo you've chosen sent me right back to Lake PondeOreille, in Northern Idaho where we lived years ago, the moon through the pines, and glistening off the lake's surface, we'd hear the lonely sounds of a solitary wolf calling out in the night...magical indeed. It felt truly like another world ...I never loved the night more,

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ahorseback 4 years ago Author

Thank you.....for sharing this Dotti ! That compliment means alot ! The night is magical !.........:-}

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