Chalk-White Moonlight

An Arctic air
pushes past the cracking door
as we step out
into the newly forming night
with many friendly cheers
chasing us from the hall
The searing wind
grabs you by the ears
seconds abroad
and your bones will know the chill
in the chalk-white light
of this moon

Snow falls slowly
first on the cliffs above the lane
then these cobbles are scribbled out
under a virgin whiteness
We turn right
down Henrietta Street
hands meeting the iron
rails that trace the pier edge
The rugged fringes
of the North Sea rim
lit by the chalk-white light
of this moon

Forgive the weather
it cannot help the tearing
at our laces, at our toggles
its fingers fumbling with our buttons
the wind wants at our napes
and your white dress
We see sparks
spitting from a chimney
the smoke house knows its duty
Rising embers
fight the delicacy of falling snow
in the chalk-white light
of this moon

My eyes drift out
glance a fishing boat
crossing the horizon
as it cuts through
the moon’s reflection
Then they turn back to hers
My wife, she holds my hand
for the first time in our lives
lit by the chalk-white light
of this moon

We’ll brave the weather
we’ll brave the seas
as one
we’ll brave everything to come
The chalk-white light
of the moon
glinting on our ring fingers…

[2020]

Photo is ‘Kiss on Henrietta Street’ by Rick Harrison, please check out his fantastic photography. https://www.flickr.com/photos/sovietuk/8472144037

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Tom

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4 thoughts on “Chalk-White Moonlight”

      1. It’s going up on the Patreon with the vampire cosplay stuff! So you’ll have to wait a minute because I haven’t got everything done yet. But I hope it will be worth the wait. Just remember I’m an amateur. If you keep your expectations low I might surprise you. 😊🌼😊 And I really enjoy your poetry, your book should be arriving in my mail any day! ❤️

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      2. Actually I wrote a poem for the vampire cosplay stuff and the Arctic wind bit is in a story I’m going to put up on the Patreon, but separate from the vampire cosplay stuff! Sorry I wrote two things yesterday for the patreon! 😊

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