New Year’s. The clouds
slide apart just long enough
for a kiss: full moon.

4 Responses to “1/1/2010”

  1. ah yes, the countdown. positioning yourself to get those new year kisses; or just one long kiss from that special person.

  2. John Dougill Says:

    At first I found the oddity of the broken line structure odd, but the more I mulled it over the more I grew to like it. It’s not as wordy as I thought (4-7-5 in terms of syllables), for at first I wanted to cut the three last words in the second line. Then I came to see that the complete syntax is not after all so prosaic. The clouds sliding apart for the full moon is a a powerful image, coupled together with that new year’s kiss. Is it the full moon kissing the new year? Or are the clouds sliding apart suggestive of lips opening for a kiss at full moon? Whichever way you read it, the new year’s off to a good start!

  3. adding to John’s comment above…

    … or is the moon exposing itself for a new year’s kiss too? or does the moon appear just long enough to add a bit of atmospheric magic for the kissers’ kiss?

  4. Thank you for your kind words about my poem! All your speculations are correct. The moon emerged from the clouds so briefly that night, it was as if a reclusive diva had slid open a window to blow her adoring fans a kiss. And this appearance occurred both on New Year’s Eve, when it’s good luck to get kissed at the stroke of midnight, AND in the company of someone with whom a full moon sighting might be reason enough for a kiss. Happy new year, Hailstones! xo, E.

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