Fitful Moon

Fitful Moon

a tanka sonnet

starless night. . .
from our clouded hearts
the scent of rain
fitful moon. . .
drifting between dreams
of a moon

dawn lifts her cheek
from a pillow of heather
dips her quill
in a brook of tears, to write
a score for the birds

spotted fawn. . .
from these cupped hands, come drink
the time of mountains

words are not enough –  for Svetlana Marisova,  gifted haiku and tanka poet and beautiful soul, who slipped into a coma yesterday. You can read many of her fine haiku(and Robert Wilson’s features about her) in Simply Haiku, spring and summer 2011. 

However you pray and whatever form your spirituality takes, please hold this young woman in your hearts as she continues to fight inoperable brain cancer.



final push…

breaking over the hills

our closest star

how little the world weighs,

my firstborn, my son

For Michael Leo on his 23rd Birthday


Claim Song moon

unwind these fields of summer

when all

is safely gathered in

his fingers through my hair




drifting dunes…

close enough to silence

the wing-beats

of sandmartins

summer’s fading pulse



once more

the honeysuckle,

garnet and gold…

my empty cup spills

over with blackbird song


barefoot from a dream

across a nursery of a stars…

the light

from a cradle moon

gathered to her heart

For Christina Nguyen and baby Diane


willow leaves turning

a millstream sky…

our minds brush by

in passing


for Paul Smith



2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. awoodlandrose
    Sep 06, 2011 @ 21:57:16

    blurry rain
    the hummingbird and the sage
    still savor the light

    peaceful healing prayers for all at a sad time.


  2. kirigirisu
    Sep 07, 2011 @ 02:29:51

    Every one of these a gift. Beautiful, Claire. – Brian


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