Paper Moon

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The best thing about Open Link Night at the dVerse Poets Pub is that it encourages me to delve into my Works-In-Progress File, move something a little closer to a “final” draft, and share it with the many other fine contributors…

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Paper Moon

It’s the moon, alright,
up there over Camel’s Hump,
but it’s only a picture of the moon,
so it never rises or sets
and its gravitational pull
has no effect on his intracranial tides,
doesn’t derange him like the real moon,
the moon he grew up with.

When he thinks about the moon, though,
he tries to think about the real moon
because the paper moon
only reminds him of old songs
nobody sings anymore.

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dVerse Poets Pub
Open Link Night #273
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12 thoughts on “Paper Moon

  1. This is wonderfully melancholy for me, in the way that feels comfortable and welcoming — because it makes me feel alive, in a way that happiness does not quite do it for me. Really liked this Ron.

  2. Your poem flooded me with nostalgia, Ron, and I had to play the song ‘It’s Only a Paper Moon’ by Nat King Cole, an old favourite, partly because my parents loved him so much. I like that you wrote it in the third-person, putting some distance between the picture of the moon that ‘doesn’t derange him like the real moon, / the moon he grew up with’ and the paper moon that reminds him of old songs. We’ve had some gorgeous moon views here this week.

  3. this hangs together so well – especially the way these lines
    “has no effect on his intracranial tides,
    doesn’t derange him like the real moon,
    the moon he grew up with.”

    are mirrored by the silence of no song

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