The Moon Clavier

The Moon Clavier

She hung her heart on the clothing line
To drip the tears and let the pain air-dry
The moon shone silver absorbing the shame
And soothed her to sleep by singing her name.

      Rest and dream, ‘tis the moon clavier’s song
With his lullaby now, dawn won’t be long
“Worth more than this” he sang sweet and low
But she fell asleep and never did know.

He saw the heart hangin’ and thought it was free,
Yanked it and tied it to the sweetgum tree
In the darkest of night, serenaded with lies
Sang gales of freedom while knotting the ties.

     Rest and dream, ‘tis the moon clavier’s song
With his lullaby now, dawn won’t be long
“Worth more than this” he sang sweet and low
But she fell asleep and never did know.

She felt the pain when she finally awoke
When blade cut through with one swift stroke
Her heart called out from the sweetgum tree
When split in half by the sword of the sea.

      Rest and dream, ‘tis the moon clavier’s song
With his lullaby now, dawn won’t be long
“Worth more than this” he sang sweet and low
But she fell asleep and never did know.

She rose and stared with two sides bleedin’
Still, he said, he’d be all she’d be needin’
To sew it up and make all right again
She followed him on then, the eye-patched man.

      Rest and dream, ‘tis the moon clavier’s song
With his lullaby now, dawn won’t be long
“Worth more than this” he sang sweet and low
But she fell asleep and never did know.

For a while, yes, she believed the tale
And sewed wounds up but love grew stale
Following herself, like chasing one’s tail
No compass to guide her, a circular trail.

      Rest and dream, ‘tis the moon clavier’s song
With his lullaby now, dawn won’t be long
“Worth more than this” he sang sweet and low
But she fell asleep and never did know.

Wake up sister, no more, no more,
The stars joined in to plead her to shore
Your soul is free as well as your heart
Grasp your life in hand and quickly depart.

      Rest and dream, ‘tis the moon clavier’s song
With his lullaby now, dawn won’t be long
“Worth more than this” he sang sweet and low
But she fell asleep and never did know.

Leave now, dear one, just get on out
The stars sang louder, began to shout
Afraid of losing another heart once free
With initials carved into the sweetgum tree.

      Rest and dream, ‘tis the moon clavier’s song
With his lullaby now, dawn won’t be long
“Worth more than this” he sang sweet and low
But she fell asleep and never did know…
she fell asleep and never did know.

copyright by Anna, pathoftreasure, May 10, 2011
(this is being shared with One Shot Wednesday, at onestoppoetry.com)
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20 Responses to The Moon Clavier

  1. Claudia says:

    wow – you played me through all the keys with your moon clavier song here…wow..

  2. Wow, I’m with Claudia, what an absolutely wonderful poem! You had me right from:
    “She hung her heart on the clothing line” and I held my breath right ’til the end.
    This is true poetry at its’ absolute best.

  3. “Awesome,” is all I can say. 🙂

  4. Radhika says:

    Loved the imagery. A great read.

  5. brian says:

    so lyrical, i could sing along and the opening lines grip with their imagery and set the pace very well…i want to hear it

  6. yes, beautiful cadence as well as imagery. poetry of the heart, from the heart.

  7. dustus says:

    A beautiful poem—a lyrical, captivating narrative.

  8. ayala says:

    I love it..awesome!

  9. versebender says:

    This is wonderful…should be sung by a balladeer…loaded with a sweet, throw-back romanticism. Vb

    • pathoftreasure says:

      Thank you so much for those kind words… and I’d love to hear this sung by a balladeer! What an awesome thought.

  10. What a classic romantic tale. This reads like a trippy picture book for adults. I want to see the illustrations…

    • pathoftreasure says:

      Ha ha! Illustrations?!! This just made me laugh, laugh out loud!! Illustrations never occurred to me. 🙂 Thank you for the smile.

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