Poetry Forum Areas

Introduce Yourself

New to PoetrySoup? Introduce yourself here. Tell us something about yourself.

Looking for a Poem

Can't find a poem you've read before? Looking for a poem for a special person or an occasion? Ask other member for help.

Writing Poetry

Ways to improve your poetry. Post your techniques, tips, and creative ideas how to write better.

High Critique

For poets who want unrestricted constructive criticism. This is NOT a vanity workshop. If you do not want your poem seriously critiqued, do not post here. Constructive criticism only. PLEASE Only Post One Poem a Day!!!

How do I...?

Ask PoetrySoup Members how to do something or find something on PoetrySoup.


You have an ad blocker! We understand, but...

PoetrySoup is a small privately owned website. Our means of support comes from advertising revenue. We want to keep PoetrySoup alive, make it better, and keep it free. Please support us by disabling your ad blocker on PoetrySoup. See how to enable ads while keeping your ad blocker active. Also, did you know you can become a PoetrySoup Lifetime Premium Member and block ads forever...while getting many more great features. Take a look! Thank you!

Wanting The Moon

by
 Not the moon.
A flower on the other side of the water.
The water sweeps past in flood, dragging a whole tree by the hair, a barn, a bridge.
The flower sings on the far bank.
Not a flower, a bird calling hidden among the darkest trees, music over the water, making a silence out of the brown folds of the river's cloak.
The moon.
No, a young man walking under the trees.
There are lanterns among the leaves.
Tender, wise, merry, his face is awake with its own light, I see it across the water as if close up.
A jester.
The music rings from his bells, gravely, a tune of sorrow, I dance to it on my riverbank.

Poem by
Biography | Poems | Best Poems | Short Poems | Quotes | Email Poem - Wanting The MoonEmail Poem | Create an image from this poem

Poems are below...


Top Denise Levertov Poems

Analysis and Comments on Wanting The Moon

Provide your analysis, explanation, meaning, interpretation, and comments on the poem Wanting The Moon here.