Poetry Friday: Moonbeam

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One morning a few weeks ago, I was scrolling through the New York Times headlines on my phone and came across an article titled “The Moon Has a Comet-Like Tail” by Robin George Andrews. With words like “beam” and “magical” in the short preview, it sounded so poetic. In addition to being a fascinating read, I thought it might provide material for a found poem.


Meteorites bombard our volcanic pearl,
cause sodium atoms to fly…
A mystifying moonbeam
in twilight skies
dusts earth with dandruff,
creates curiosity…

Thanks to Linda who has the Poetry Round Up today at Teacher Dance.

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15 Responses to Poetry Friday: Moonbeam

  1. “volcanic pearl”…love it! Well done, Rose…beautiful imagery within the words you found.

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  2. jama says:

    Lovely images in your poem. Also love “volcanic pearl.” Well done!

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  3. haitiruth says:

    Dandruff – what an unexpected word, and yet how unexpectedly perfect! Ruth, thereisnosuchthingasagodforsakentown.blogspot.com

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  4. lindabaie says:

    It’s like you now have two poems, the article & your own, Rose. I love moon poems, stories, art, a ‘favorite thing’! Love this start: “cause sodium atoms to fly… high.” That word ‘high’ is a lovely punctuation mark!

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  5. maryleehahn says:

    Love it! I write often about the moon, but writing something that’s not cliched (or that hasn’t already been said) is tricky. Your “volcanic pearl” is fresh and new!

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    • rosecappelli says:

      Thank you Mary Lee. I’m getting lots of comments about that phrase, but I hope everyone understands that my poem is a found poem from the NYT article, so the words are not original (as much as I wish they were).


  6. bmagee10 says:

    Love your poem, Rose. Your line about how “a mystifying moonbeam…dusts earth with dandruff” is brilliant! And I learned something new about the moon. 🙂

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  7. Thanks for your celestial moonbeam-beauty poem Rose, that flows with cosmic excitement through each line.

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  8. janicescully says:

    I love non-fiction poetry and writing from news stories. Love the sound of, “A mystifying moonbeam in twilight skies.”

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  9. Kay Mcgriff says:

    A magical poem!

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  10. margaretsmn says:

    Love volcanic pearl and dandruff and the surprise of this moonbeam poem.

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