Poetry Sunday: August Moonlight
In a few days, we'll be able to enjoy August's full moon. Meantime, the Perseid meteor shower continues, even though its peak came on August 11, so our nights will be lit by heavenly magic of one kind or another.
Richard Le Gallienne was an English poet of the last century who had a appreciation for the August moon, an appreciation which he expressed in this poem.
by Richard Le Gallienne
The rising moon, the cricket's call,
The August night, and you and I—
What is the meaning of it all!
Has it a meaning, after all?
Or is it one of Nature's lies,
That net of beauty that she casts
Over Life's unsuspecting eyes?
That web of beauty that she weaves
For one strange purpose of her own,—
For this the painted butterfly,
For this the rose—for this alone!
Strange repetition of the rose,
And strange reiterated call
Of bird and insect, man and maid,—
Is that the meaning of it all?
If it means nothing after all!
And nothing lives except to die—
It is enough—that solemn light
Behind the barns, and you and I.
|The full moon in August is called the Sturgeon Moon or the Green Corn Moon according to Native American tradition. It will rise this month on Thursday, August 18.