Diana van den Berg

Rookie - 3 Points (4 November 1945 / Durban, South Africa)

Moon Patterns


The moon makes patterns on my floor,
leaf-edged and almost still.

The thick blanket of night silence cushions
the little sounds
of talking wood,
the rhythmic heartbeat of a dripping tap,
a bark in the distance
that is passed on faithfully in highs and lows
to north and south and east and west.
I wish I understood its message.

Sensitivity quivers
and a hundred crawling perplexities
mate and multiply and mutate
into grotesque monsters
that pulse electric shock
after shock
after shock
until the patterns on the floor
reduce them to limp, exhausted slugs.

I long for night to end and never end.

Leaf-edged and almost still,
the moon makes patterns on my mind.

(July 1999)

Submitted: Saturday, February 07, 2009

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  • Rookie Yelena M. (3/23/2009 3:02:00 AM)

    A truly mesmerising read, Diana! The first lines take into the mystery of the Moon and hold the heart and mind till the end of the poem. A wonderful ode for the Night!
    Best wishes.
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  • Rookie Sicelo Sithole (2/13/2009 1:20:00 AM)

    This is trully inspirational. can i have more of your poems, eight is not enough for me. the writting is beautiful. I am sure that you are or were a poetry teacher at once..lol. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Karin Anderson (sorry can't vote or comment) . (2/7/2009 4:07:00 PM)

    Dear Diana This is such a strong poem, the moon's pull bringing not only patterns but an eerie feel to the night. Your imagery is outstandingly vivid and the two lines in the beginning used again at the end round up the whole work with aplomb. Excellent work! Karin Anderson (Report) Reply

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