Ode to Selene

The night is long and sorrow’s drowsy
Yet sleep evades on halcyon wings
The mercurial deity drifts listlessly
Between seraphic embankments
Of alabaster clouds

Adoringly draped
Across a crescent shaped raft
She radiates with unalloyed solace
Deluging the deserving
In a chernobyl green tranquility

She wavers with the same lackadaisical vertigo
As apis mellifera love drunk on foxglove nectar
Adorned in a gossamer corset
Of nearly translucent gold leaf
She’s ever the envy of a blithe Midas

Her celestial, slow blinking eyes
Emblazoned in petite, filigree poetry
The phoenix of repose sweeps
Across the lunar hemisphere
Trailed in Tiffany blue star shine

Unmoved by the wasteland
Of tumultuous insomniacs below
The great givers of nothingness
Who plead with fistfuls of down feather
For a single moments rest

And though
Their guttural cries pierce the skies
She remains oblivious to their perils
Blissfully deaf to their gluttonous prayers
Indifferent to their longings for lullabies
Blind to the trembling flesh of hedonists

Instead, Selene tends by moonlight
Heralded by the dulcet tinkling of copper bells
Granting Elysian calm
Only to those in need of sleep
After a hard day’s alms

a. duncan, 2019


“I am starting to see stars and moons
(It’s an awful sham, but I follow suit)
This is how it ends, a courageous boom
(Neighbours wave their hands, as we’re passing through)
And it’s awful sad that two lovers bloom
(Come and watch them dance, dance onto their doom)
I am starting to see stars and moons”

[] Stars and Moons, Dizzy []

featured image: ‘moonstruck’, by michael parkes

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Amor et melle et felle est fecundissimus || Love is rich with both honey and venom

16 thoughts on “Ode to Selene

      1. Isn’t she beautiful? I saw her so perfectly in my head and then found so much gorgeous artwork that supported my vision of her. Everything relating to the moon is just soul aching… It makes me smile like the Cheshire Cat that you felt this one.

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    1. Hahaha aww Charlie!!! If you only knew how often I think the same thing after finishing one of your genius creations. Thank you, I mean that with sincerity. The moon is inspirational. It practically wrote itself. 🌙♥️🦋

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  1. I’m happy to have found this poem. It’s amazing how she stirs our imaginations and hearts. How fortunate we are to have her in the sky watching over us with her cool gaze. We are all Endymion in a way.
    She’s been my muse too, short story and poem.
    They were accepted as submissions to the anthology, Influence of the Moon, published by 518 Publishing, last year. When the contract runs out in a month or two, I’ll be able to share them on my blog.
    I rarely miss an opportunity to give a few moments to Moon when she rides on high.
    Or to read an other’s Ode.

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    1. I’m so pleased you found this poem as well and then shared your mutual affection for all things Selene/Lunar! I got a little giddy reading this comment and couldn’t agree more that on some level we are all Endymion. Keats musings on the subject have been an inspiration to me. You can talk to me about the moon anytime! She’s endlessly fascinating. I so look forward to those pieces being released. Thank you so much for the thought provoking commentary! 🌙


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