“July Moon”……

Cover painting for "Pitcher of Moon"

was to be the cover painting for “Pitcher of Moon” but didn’t work out.




A pale moon rises,

Unheralded, surprising

With its presence so early at dusk.


It wavers in the summer heat

Like a ghost under water.

The cicadas hold their breath-

Their leg-fiddles muted,

And the earth turns quiet

If only for a moment.


Brushing the lush green tree tops

It floats upward into a still-lavender sky,

Gaining presence, strength, gloss

As it balances in the darkening light,

A well-trod path– fascinating eternity.


A world-weary face appears

And casts a bemused gaze downward

Before sailing through the night

Into the harbor of Dawn.


Jane Kohut-Bartels

Copyrighted, 2017

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4 Responses to ““July Moon”……”

  1. kanzensakura Says:

    Oh this is spectacular! The images in this…especially the third stanza with the ghost under water and the cicadas’ fiddle legs….really gorgeous.

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  2. ladynyo Says:

    Thank you, Kanzen! I appreciate you reading this poem and leaving a comment. Funny, very recently(like last night?) I was contacted for an email by another author….here, in the comment section, but she didn’t read or even acknowledge anything on this blog. I find that insulting and selfish. ANY real writer who comes to a blog at least notices the work, the poetry, the books or the chapters of unpublished or published books. How do I handle this? I just either ignore this cultivated rudeness or I delete. Especially if it has nothing to do with writing, literature. One thing I have come to know and expect: the support and encouragement of other writers, good poets, real writers of fiction and non fiction who I meet almost daily here and on my teaching blogs and other sites. There is a wonderful world of creativity that we share and encourage each other. It happens, but it is generally rare to come across such questionable behavior. I do know that in the past 10 years I have blossomed with the poetry criticism and examples of others. This has kept me on the literary path and has encouraged me to publish all these books, most of they collections of poetry, a novella, and now this long novel to come with this December publishing. Wish that was standard within the literary community, but perhaps that is the special domain of poets. Thank you, Kanzen, always, for your intelligent and encouraging comments and support.


  3. kanzensakura Says:

    Bless you Jane for your friendship. As for “those” comments, I would delete them and forget about them. Such rudeness does not even need to be acknowledged.


  4. ladynyo Says:

    Thank you, Toni. I was rather thrown by this woman I didn’t know from my childhood, coming on my blog and not even noticing I was a writer, as apparently was she. I think there is a huge disconnect with manners today, and it doesn’t seem to be only with the generation ahead of us… Further, this has happened before, three times as I can remember recently, where these ‘women’ are looking for my married brothers. Some have used every piece of social media there is, and it is more than annoying. I bet the wives of my brothers would not be amused. Well, she will be disappointed if she ever finds him (he is not on any social media) because his dog bit off his ear and he looks….rather rough and lopsided. And his personality hasn’t improved over the years. Surly still. And thank you for your friendship, Toni, it’s precious to me (and others).


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