on the occasion of the pink moon ~ NaPoWriMo day 25

Today’s NaPoWriMo prompt was another that, while it initially stumped me (an occasional poem? what occasion??), ultimately worked for me. Here’s the prompt:

“…write an “occasional” poem. What’s that? Well, it’s a poem suited to, or written for, a particular occasion. This past January, lots of people who usually don’t encounter poetry got a dose when Amanda Gorman read her poem at President Biden’s inauguration….The poem you write can be for an occasion in the past or the future, one important to you and your family (a wedding, a birth) or for an occasion in the public eye.”

I chose an unusual occasion. See what you think ~

on the occasion of the pink moon ~

you are the rosy door into light 

lantern in the night’s bleak darkness

so much is bleak these sickly days

you are the fish moon 🌙 the egg 🥚

moon    the bright path home for shad

following the river’s serpentine

you are the Hanuman moon

the Buddha moon

ecumenical as my own expatriate 

heart   a doorway anyone may enter

you are the Ides of Ramadan

moonglow as the faithful share

bread   you are music without tune

you are the grass moon   a blush

of wildflowers furring the hillside’s

shaggy pelt   heavy on the near horizon

you beckon    rays of rosy gold fanned

against a breathless earth

hopeful     we wait to see what you do

each of us waiting    our own breaths

suspended    as you are    rising   falling

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