Spring is the time for new things. For me, the “newness” was moving from home into nature to recite poetry.
My dear friend, Mary Jo Malo from This Shining Wound, Original Poetry by Mary Jo Malo, graciously gave permission for me to recite her poem, “Last Night.”
The night brings darkness, stillness, solitude and sleep. Yet, there is a light that lifts the shadows and reminds us that we have safety even in the most difficult circumstances. The moon that shines in our sky, is the same moon that bestowed light on ancient times. Our stories and mythologies have been carried through the centuries. Egyptians looked for Nut, the goddess of night and rebirth. Greeks looked to Artemis, goddess of the wilderness who was associated with the moon, while Romans spoke of Luna, goddess of the moon.
Mary Jo’s first lines visually welcomes us to “awake” without fear, to experience the comfort of familiarity, of being surrounded by light and “wrapped” in “glowing sheets.”
Her last lines guide our imaginations beyond our world to join with the night light and wait for the earth to rise.
Come join me in reciting Last Night.
The moon shone brightly
through blinded windows
Made huge horizontal stripes
on whitewashed walls
I turned toward its familiar beauty
Then wrapped in my glowing sheets
rolled back away to sleep
The moon shines on
and Pine Ridge too
I want to be on the moon
and wait for the earth
Mary Jo Malo ©