Poem - The Sun Knows... The Moon Loves

Why is the moon
So close to our hearts?
While the hot sun
Burns love before it starts
We can look
Into lunar eyes
While the solar winds
Carry our goodbyes
Does the moon love us
Because we return its gaze?
Does the sun remain bitter
Because we close our eyes to its rays?
The moon guides our lonely night
An audience to our dreams
While the sun awakens our delusions
And reveals all our schemes
It knows
Unforgiving in its intensity
It knows
It offers us no pity
So we run to our lover
At night as it smiles
Soothing our tired eyes
Understanding all our trials
The sun... a solitary sight
Dominates our horizon
The furnace of life
It does not embrace or wisen
Though we walk with a chill
And beg for a warm heart
It seems distant
I always feel apart
Tonight I will await
The understanding moon
Though you reflect the scolding sun
It is you who makes me swoon


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Bel Marshall 5 years ago from Michigan

You made a comment in your profile about poetry being tedious for some people. I am one of those people and honestly because when I read, I don't want to have to guess what the writer is trying to say through all the abstract phrasing. I just want them to say it!

If this is any reflection on the rest of your works, I will say this is a far cry from tedious.

Full of emotion, passion, lovely imagery. This is my kind of poetry!


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The Suburban Poet 5 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

Thank you Bel... I just try to go a shade past what I would say to you in person... it's a simple style I guess...


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Twilight Lawns 5 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K.

This is one of the best things of yours I have read... but I'm still looking


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Amy Becherer 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

This piece of yours has such vivid and brilliant analogies, in ways I've not seen the sun and moon. You gave them traits as if they were human. "Does the moon love us because we return its gaze? Does the sun remain bitter because we close our eyes to its rays?" Human emotions given to the sun and moon creates relevancy for all readers and endows this art piece with an incredible uniqueness. I love it.


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acaetnna 5 years ago from Guildford

Stunning, simply beautiful. Voted up and pressing your tabs.


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chinemeremz 5 years ago

Your poetic sense and judgement is really awesome.

Hope to see your work on the stands where I can purchase it and read it in one piece.

The Sun like you rightly said is "solitary" yet we cant underestimate its importance


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CheyenneAutumn 5 years ago

Poet, You have captured my love of the moon in this. Very well done!! I hold your talent in the same awe I hold the moons light.

Thank you for this!


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The Suburban Poet 5 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

@twilight – thank you for reading and I hope you enjoy the others…

@Amy – thank you and your comment is very gratifying to me. I think it is important to give a human feeling to the things around us and in that way the reader can take the poem for their own…

@acaetnna – thank you again… I am to the point where I owe you a drink or something because your praise has been so humbling….

@chinemeremz – thank you… you’ve mentioned this to me before and I guess I’m either lazy or maybe I just don’t know the next step. Right now I’m just writing and one day it will be gathered up for a spot on a shelf somewhere… as I wrote this piece it did cross my mind that I was downplaying almost to the point of rejection the sun’s importance in our lives. In this instance it was contrasted to it’s detriment to the moon which seems to inspire us more frequently.

@Cheyenne – thank you so much… Awwww c’mon… now you’re embarrassing me… but don’t stop! Ha…


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS

Excellent in every respect. Says what it aims to say in a most satisfying way. I agree - it is one of your best poems and also one you will undoubtedly look back on as a landmark of your soul. Hugs. Gets my vote and praises.

By the way - that picture is outstanding!


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Amy Becherer 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

I went back and re-read your piece and do not feel that you, in any way, shape or form, denied the importance of the sun. You outlined the difference only. Yin and yang are both necessary for balance in our lives. Thank you


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The Suburban Poet 5 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

Thank you Nellieanna,

You are so nice to me! You and Petra are my benchmarks and my style is so different than the two of you... it's very gratifying to hear your approval...


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The Suburban Poet 5 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

Amy,

Thanks for the review! I'm just blown away that you took the time to do that...

Sometimes I tunnel in on a thought and I'm very quick with my work and power through it (I'm a guy)... later I wonder if I drilled down to far and missed other nuances... I guess every poem has the road taken and judgements have to be made at times...


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b. Malin 5 years ago

What a pretty piece...but I also love the sun for the warmth and the rays. But the moon captures LOVE! Very enjoyable. Great picture too.


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The Suburban Poet 5 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

Thanks b....

I think I owe the sun an apology and I'll post one when I have time!


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alekhouse 5 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky

The rhythm and flow of this piece are absolutely amazing. It's one of the best rhyming poems I've ever read. Although it rhymes, it is not sing-songy.

I found it to be beautiful and deeply felt... controlled, and yet wide open to interpretation. I'm blown away by your skill as a poet and the depth of your feelings. I hope there will be lots more.


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The Suburban Poet 5 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

@alekhouse,

Dang! You flatter me... I appreciate it very much... I hope there wil be more too... I write something like this then feel empty... as if I can say no more... but then something will happen... I just have to wait.


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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Suburban I have to tell you that since joining hubpages I have never before read so much poetry and yours I really enjoy!


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The Suburban Poet 5 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

Thank you Susan... I'm just glad my poems haven't traumatized you to never want to read another poem again!


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS

Stick to your own style and follow your own inspiration. That's what is so great about you! I couldn't - and wouldn't- try to pattern mine after anyone else's. That's what poetry IS - expressions from the innards of the poet. I'm reading a great article in Vanity Fair about Johnny Depp. His description of how he plays the guitar and how he acts, even, - is so similar. He listens to his own impetus and, in the case of the guitar, lets it flow out through his fingertips. Only way to create authentically, I think. So don't put any stoppers on yours!


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The Suburban Poet 5 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

@Nellieanna,

You are spot-on... you have to be yourself and that's the best and most sincere way to go anyway... Like I've said before I've resisted reading other poetry so I could ensure I was being my true self. I didn't want to be influenced. I've later decided that I can read what someone else does but it doesn't change my style at all because when I start into a piece I find myself defaulting to what I am...


Marina Lester 5 years ago

This is a beautiful poem bathed in cool moon sweetness. I really liked it. You seem to be quite the romantic, tender passion... splendid. Never stop :)


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The Suburban Poet 5 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

Thank you Marina... just being myself... I don't plan on changing anything...


scriber1 5 years ago

You ask: "Does the moon love us because we return its gaze"? I choose to believe that the gaze is returned because we have the strength to love ourselves in spite of lacking full moon spendor. You continually probe the inside of the inside, and to the smile of us all.


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AmyTaylor 5 years ago

So many write about the moon...but I do think this one is my favorite. You have captured the moon in such a way that I think even she is blushing over the way you speak of her


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attemptedhumour 5 years ago from Australia

Hi SP i've never thought about the massive difference between the moon and the sun. Your poem makes us realise that we have a unique relationship with both that are chalk and cheese. Maybe the moon is soothing romance and the sun is frenetic action. Cheers from Melbourne.


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starflakes 5 years ago from Florida

what a lovely write two thumbs way up here


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Erin LeFey 5 years ago from Maryland

Beautiful tribute to our overwhelming companions both night and day - thanks for expanding on the other hub and giving the sun its elaboration - I was looking forward to seeing what you were going to write about it. What a wonderful piece of art. Up and beautiful! Namaste'


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The Suburban Poet 5 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

@scriber - thank you again my friend.... I ask the question not truly knowing the answer; maybe you have it right...

@AmyTaylor - thank you and it is very gratifying to hear anyone say "this is my favorite."

@attempted humor - I hadn't thought about it much either but suddenly I realized that our relationship is different with each... two lovers.... so different... both vital in our lives.... the sun seems to be so life giving while the moon provides spiritual cleansing...

@Starflakes - thank you so much for that

@Erin - thank you again and it makes me feel great to hear such consistently kind remarks from you....


ariasnote 5 years ago

I enjoyed this poem. Maybe we prefer the moon to tell our soul to, because it does not show our flaws. The sun on the other hand can burn us. Its rays show up our imperfections. :D Just a thought. Hee hee. No, honestly, the poem is great as you are with your fans.


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The Suburban Poet 5 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

Thank you ariasnote... that's a great way to describe what I was trying to articulate...


Vincent Moore 5 years ago

Oh yes the enchantment of the moon brings out the lover in each and every one of us. The sun's heat is no comparison to the ebb and tide of the moons glowing warmth within our souls. Like a wolf it stimulates our every mood, oh hail the moon the mood changer. Lovely poem, I enjoyed it very much sir.


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The Suburban Poet 5 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

@Vincent Moore - thanks for the comment... I've always heard about sun worshippers and I was one of those being a long-time life guard but then I got melanoma and realized that the moon is painless and very inspiring... but I do love a good sunset...


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Micky Dee 5 years ago

Very pretty!


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The Suburban Poet 5 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

@Micky - thank you for that!


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catalyst20 5 years ago from Los Angeles, California

That's simply awesome! I think it's so easy to relate to your poem because most people understand what you're saying through the moon and the sun.


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The Suburban Poet 5 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

@catalyst - thank you for your comment.... I try to make things simple...


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QudsiaP1 4 years ago

The bitter sweet contrast you have provided of the two is stunning. Well done!


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The Suburban Poet 4 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

Thank you Qudsia! I'm sorry I took so long to respond...


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SiberianWolf 3 years ago from MidWest

Wow... such an elegant poem... with much insight woven throughout


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The Suburban Poet 3 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

@SiberianWolf - Thank you for the nice comment and I'm glad you found this one because I had sort of forgotten about it. I write and move on very quickly. I had to explain to people that I still love the sun but I was diagnosed with Melanoma five years ago and I'm fine now; but I paid for the sins of youth as a lifeguard so now I stay out of the sun...

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