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transient before the moon

by Peter Humphreys

her face
lost years
in seconds
the deep dark
lines beneath
her eyes just
went
dissolved
disappeared
gone erased
opening up
in light and
laughter her
eyes sparkled
and grew intense
I had waited
years for this
and even the
deepest tender
kiss could not
have worked such
magic but like
a cloud transient
before the moon
her luminescent
gentle charm
passed by
too soon
too late
but
lasting

10/23/2006

Posted on 10/23/2006
Copyright © 2021 Peter Humphreys

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Kathleen Wilson on 12/14/06 at 02:26 AM

What an amazing poem... and capturing of a moment. I think it can be evocative in different ways for different people, according to their experience. For me it is the last look before the moment of death...I have seen this, a brightening, lightening, softening, that nothing else accomplished, especially in someone hardened. But-- for another it could be something else-- the result of the beginning of a life in another place, with someone else, a new project, where years and troubles drop off-- in any case the fact that it can mean more than one thing is part of its power.

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