Thursday, September 23, 2021


harvest moon, cast your magic spell-

moonshine above the trees, we'll dwell

on your milky dreams, do not tell

us poets that we cannot write

myths, songs & sonnets of black knights,

sad ballads of yesterdays, sprites

enamored with lost love, don't quell  

our secrets, so we may tear

down books & canvas with no fear-

torch monuments with our spears-

only pen letters that moves, swells

our ribs to waves of darkest sea

our heart with songs by the bees

our feet to stardust, far & free 

we hold you - a pearl, breathing shell

Posted for dVerse Poets Pub:   Poetry Form is Zéjel is a Spanish form with Arabic influence.  The pub doors open at 3pm EST.   Info about the form:

Here are the basic rules for zejel:

First stanza is a tercet (3-line stanza) with an AAA rhyme scheme

All other stanzas are quatrains (4-line stanzas) with a XXXA rhyme scheme, so the second stanza would be BBBA, third CCCA, fourth DDDA, and so on to the end of the poem

Lines are usually 8 syllables long


  1. I love the feeling of complicity with the moon: I think most poets can identify with that feeling, for all of the inspiration it provides!

  2. Oh, this is wonderful! It sings with magic--a delight!

  3. I love the magic setting with the moon, so timely with the autumn full moon here. My Chinese colleagues have just feasted on moon cake.

  4. the moon was starting to show her face as i cycled home from work this evening. i am sure her spell has been cast here.

  5. Grace,
    From "harvest moon" to "a pearl, breathing shell" you had me holding my breath on this magical, whimsical description of poetic yearnings. Brilliant.

  6. The moon as a pearl—brilliant image! And the milky dreams bit makes me think of having a baby/breastfeeding. It’s almost like this whole group of poets and artists is having a baby together, with some romantic lighting provided by the moonshine. The baby, the pearl, could even be a collaborative book.

    I love that song—“Harvest Moon.”

  7. I've been captured by the moon lately as well. Your poem makes me want to go out and look at it now.

  8. What a spell you have cast with your beautiful Zéjel!

  9. How many poets have been inspired by "moonshine above the trees"? Indeed all is at our fingertips with her beauty.

  10. The moon with all of its wonders, rightly framed in your write. Wonderful take Grace!


  11. So beautiful! I think I did mine wrong,

  12. I guess we were both thinking about the moon - love your moon-inspired Zéjel.

  13. This is so well done Grace. You really caught the rhythm of this form. With wonderful images, as always.

  14. written with whimsical artistic flair ..
    ahh for harvest moons and pearl shells,
    a magical spell

  15. Relatable. So lovely and romantic. Thanks for sharing.

  16. I love 'dwelling on the moon's milky dreams'.
    Beautiful, Grace!


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