‘Full Moon Rising’, from “White Cranes of Heaven”

Casanova...sort of.

This glowing orb,

this speckled beacon

of a late spring night,

hiding behind fresh greenery

rises gracefully,


inching closer

to the apex of the universe-

like a pickpocket who

moves with oiled gears

towards a destination–

the usual pocket of gleaming coins.

Or like Casanova,

lighting up the room

with Venetian charm,

throat and wrists

tarnished golden lace,

a tall gondola gliding

over midnight waters seeking a woman.

A smooth, well-acted routine

but nonetheless–

Enchanting, predictable,

Great expectations never ending.

Jane Kohut-Bartels

Copyrighted, 2010

from “White Cranes of Heaven”, published at Lulu.com

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8 Responses to “‘Full Moon Rising’, from “White Cranes of Heaven””

  1. LediaR Says:

    Beautiful as well as enchanting, once again, you have struck a chord in my romantic heart, Lady Nyo.


  2. ladynyo Says:

    Thank you, Ledia!

    And thank you for reading and leaving a comment. Did you know there are folks who don’t know who Casanova was??? Amazing!

    Lady Nyo


  3. LediaR Says:

    Ah, how can anyone who loves romance not know who Casanova was? Poor, deprived people. LOL!


  4. ladynyo Says:

    Ledia, it might have been a cultural difference, or an age difference….who knows? But Casanova is such a bright light in European history. The founder of the French lottery, a libretto contributor for Mozart music, and then there was all that sex.

    LOL! Quite the fellow. I’ve got the second volume: Paris and Prison. I got it off the shelf, and yes, it’s a bit pedantic but you get a glimpse of the cultural issues at that time.

    Lady Nyo


  5. LediaR Says:

    Now, see, I just learned a whole lot more about the man just by reading your blog. He was a busy boy, wasn’t he! I actually did watch the recent movie about him, but I think it was one of those times when I was doing something else too. I am very bad about multi-tasking while watching a movie, especially. Something in the movie has to really draw my attention to get it completely. Must be part of my adult add syndrome. LOL!


  6. ladynyo Says:

    He was more than a busy boy….he made and lost fortunes many times over. He wrote his biography when he was a toothless, impotent old man somewhere in a castle in Bavaria I believe.

    His memory was remarkable, especially for the women (and he named most of them…including the nuns) and also for the complicated politics of the time.

    Lady Nyo


  7. Steve Isaak Says:

    Again, excellent work. Particularly love the first stanza.

    Haven’t been writing much poetry, as it’s emotional work for me, and I think I’m tapped out (as far as wanting to write about that stuff is concerned), for now.

    Will try to pop in more often. Good to read you, my friend. =)


  8. ladynyo Says:

    Hey Steve, yeah I know. Poetry is deeply emotional work. There is no way around it. I thought at one time that short verse, just small poems, would be easier, but it’s actually harder. Go figure.

    Well, L. Hearn gives a good answer about that~ LOL! At least, it resonated with me.

    I think we all need a rest, from writing poetry, fiction, etc. I think we need to recharge the batteries. I get these bursts of ‘inspiration’ and usually 70 percent of it is redundant garbage. That’s the way it seems to go. I think we need to come back with a clean palate, with a more relaxed mind, perhaps that would be helpful.

    Good to hear from you my friend.



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