It grows shy in the sun
but ebony draws its petals
to open when light is done.
La luna’s namesake strikes a pose
in its dress of snowy gauze
that rivals the blush of Eliot’s rose.
Stars shine as muted floodlights,
twinkling the sky with applause,
while the moonflower dances with night.
©Susie Clevenger 2013
At Real Toads Grace challenged us to write a Nocturna.
(The Nocturna is basically a nine line poetry form based on the nocturne theme containing three, three line lessons recited during the night. The subject must be nocturnal and it consists of three couplets linked by the rhyme of the centre line. This is usually written in decasyllabic or iambic pentameter (10 syllables per line). a. b. a. c. b. c. d. b. d. ) Unfortunately I didn't manage ten syllables per line. :(
I made reference to George Eliot's poem, Roses.