Classic and Contemporary Poetry
MOON DANCE, by LEXIE DEAN ROBERTSON Poet's Biography
First Line: Last night the shining moon came down
Last Line: For the moon and I are wise.
LAST night the shining moon came down
And danced a dance with me,
In a secret place where myrtle bloom
Lies spilled beside a sea.
The thin stars sang a melody
With a gnarled tree for a harp,
While the wind strummed on its silver limbs
A queer tuneshrill and sharp.
The moon and I danced in and out
Till the tired stars were stilled,
And a harp string broke with a brittle crash
When the wind's last note had shrilled.
The myrtle scent lay like a pall,
But the moon was loath to go,
And II knew that at the dawn
The little worms below
Would seek again my crumbly bones
And feed on my shut eyes.
So the moon and I danced while we could
For the moon and I are wise.
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