Claude McKay

(15 September 1889 – 22 May 1948 / Clarendon)

Song Of The Moon

Poem by Claude McKay

The moonlight breaks upon the city's domes,
And falls along cemented steel and stone,
Upon the grayness of a million homes,
Lugubrious in unchanging monotone.
Upon the clothes behind the tenement,
That hang like ghosts suspended from the lines,
Linking each flat to each indifferent,
Incongruous and strange the moonlight shines.

There is no magic from your presence here,
Ho, moon, sad moon, tuck up your trailing robe,
Whose silver seems antique and so severe
Against the glow of one electric globe.

Go spill your beauty on the laughing faces
Of happy flowers that bloom a thousand hues,
Waiting on tiptoe in the wilding spaces,
To drink your wine mixed with sweet drafts of dews.


Comments about Song Of The Moon by Claude McKay

  • 9ikkie (1/20/2020 6:17:00 PM)

    This is a beautifully written poem evoking a lot of imagery and the language is very rich. Love it and Claude Mckay has a new fan(Report)Reply

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  • Rajnish MangaRajnish Manga (1/20/2020 11:24:00 AM)

    This presents such a fascinating landscape of a moonlit terrain with a series of inimitable images.
    I am short of words to express my gratitude.(Report)Reply

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  • Edward Kofi LouisEdward Kofi Louis (1/20/2020 11:12:00 AM)

    Sweet drafts of dews! ! !
    Nature's act!
    Moonlight,
    Romance of the night.


    Thanks for sharing this poem with us.(Report)Reply

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  • Harley WhiteHarley White (1/20/2020 6:28:00 AM)

    An unexpectedly truly lovely poem. I did not know this poet. Thank you for posting...(Report)Reply

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  • Mahtab BangaleeMahtab Bangalee (1/20/2020 4:08:00 AM)

    Waiting on tiptoe in the wilding spaces,
    To drink your wine mixed with sweet drafts of dews.// full of moony poem; naturally penned the poetic expression; love this one(Report)Reply

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  • Carlene (11/9/2019 5:16:00 PM)

    Why was the million houses all look grey(Report)Reply

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  • anonymous (4/11/2019 1:07:00 PM)

    this poem changed my perspective on the moon(Report)Reply

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  • Konab GhummanKonab Ghumman (4/10/2019 7:44:00 AM)

    This classical poem tells us quite beautifully nature's aspects.(Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003