When Even the Moon Hides Its Face


Come love, let me kiss the back of your neck
or hold you while you scream.
You do not have to make any excuses to me.

Stay love. Let me hold you awhile.
Your truest dark holds no horrors for me.
I’ve been honored to sit within it with you.

Anyone can swear to love by sunlight,
but I will love you in the darkness of soul
when even the moon hides its face.


Song Choice: Groovy Kind of Love by Phil Collins

Photo by El Salanzo on Unsplash


Liner Notes for this Groove: This poem was created for the prompt given at Imaginary Gardens with Real Toads: Thirteen Poetic Bits of Kerry  Magaly asked us to choose one of Kerry's lovely poetic bits an use it as a springboard for our poetry. I chose "I will love you in the darkness of soul" from Sonnet 42 of Kerry's If I Could Go Back sonnet series. Thank you Kerry for all organizing you have done throughout the years to keep Toads running. I am happy to have been a part of this space.

54 comments:

  1. Great poem! Your last verse -- very powerful!

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  2. I just made a strange (but very cool, of course) animalistic sound. The tone of the whole poem--passionate and raw and exposed--is perfect for the Kerry words you chose. There is so much power in the voice and love of the speaker for the subject, that one can't help (and by "one" I mean "me") to celebrate the magic they share.

    Like Debra, I am quite taken by the last stanza.

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    1. Kerry is a master at passionate poems. I learned a lot reading her work.

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  3. Love this, especially the third stanza .....

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  4. Those closing lines are especially fantastic, Rommy.

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  5. The passion here is incredibly raw and palpable to the extent that it seeps into the heart, veins and blood. Absolutely beautiful work, Rommy!❤️

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    1. Just the way I hoped it would. Thanks Sanaa

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  6. We should all be so blessed to have such a partner or friend.

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  7. Holding someone while they scream...gosh, that is such a vivid, raw image..

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    1. I liked how it both felt jarring yet perfectly in place in a love poem

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  8. The line you chose was one I considered, Rommy, and you’ve magicked it into such a wonderful poem, I’m glad I chose something else instead! I especially love the lines:
    ‘Anyone can swear to love by sunlight,
    but I will love you in the darkness of soul’.

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    1. LOL, I really love how all of us did some fun and wild things with Kerry's lines. Her work really is a rich source of inspiration.

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  9. "Stay love. Let me hold you awhile." So much beauty here.

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  10. I love the sense of unconditional love - and being strong enough to weather the darkness together

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    1. I'm glad I was able to convey that in this work

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  11. I love the forthright tone of this poem! It is charged with magnetic energy and the line your chose fits the theme perfectly. Thank you.

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    1. Thank you for the wonder line to work with :)

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  12. Ah yes... totally relate (as someone who screams in sleep) and really feel comforted by this poem.

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  13. I had to read scream twice. It set the moonless stage.

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    1. It's a jarring, but I thought, effective detail

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  14. a lover's secret... well whispered : )

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  15. Telling writing Rommy - always good to read you...

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  16. I love everything about this piece... The title alone conjures a certain mood. And the last stanza captures a determined kind of love, the one that prevails even when the moon hides its face. Beautiful write!

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  17. Wow! Standing ovation to you, Rommy. Thank you for celebrating this kind of true love in such a perfect way. I love this poem!

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  18. Sitting is all of someone with them is an incredibly loving and accepting gift. This piece is so much that to me--

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    1. Yes, that is what I was going for. Thanks Audrey

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  19. To live with someone in such darkness is an act of true love.

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  20. How lucky is the recipient of your love Rommy; which you express so beautifully in this poem.

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    1. When love is strong, all involved are very lucky

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  21. I feel the passion, the raw sensuality in this...Wow!

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  22. ...second read through and what got me is his holding you through the terror. his sitting "within". Powerful.

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  23. Let me join the chorus of congratulation! Truly a wondrous poem, worthy of Kerry's original (and in the same tenor). And yes, that last line...!

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  24. A commitment to one regardless of past, of darkness of their faults. The moon only hides its face once in a while.

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  25. This is fantastic Rommy! Very moving!

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