Each poem in A Book of Moons is accompanied with a beautiful illustration by Bradley Wilson. Working together, the poems and the illustrations will bring an increased appreciation of the moon, earth, and language.
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A Book of Moons
By Donna Brown, Greg Brown, Bradley Wilson
AuthorHouseCopyright © 2016 Greg Brown
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A Book of Moons
God created Earth's companion in His universe divine A sparkling, glimmering, silent moon in His starry night to shine It doesn't warm the earth below, but reflects a frigid light To illuminate the ancient planet's journey through the night.
January - Wolf Moon
My pure light, white on silent snow
Sees the stealthy hunter, low
And padding through the forest deep.
While all within the forest sleep.
The lonely wolf looks up to see
My perfect circle, clean and free,
To light his way, and guide his stalk
'Til done his nighttime hunting walk.
And then he stops, and looks above
And howls at me, a cry of love,
My strong, swift wolf, who sleeps at noon,
In deep dark night hunts with the moon.
February - Snow Moon
I, this cold moon, Algonquins know,
Survey land buried deep in snow.
Beauty lies in clear soundless night,
Of solitude, self and my own delight.
I never see green grass or firefly's glow,
But snowflake shapes the summer cannot know
So many forms, this mystical white snow –
Drapes mantle deep, and quiet and soft below.
March - Crow Moon
Steam rises from the thawing ground, and soon
My brilliant light on tender shoots will shine.
As winter flees and spring begins to bloom
These harbingers of flowers and blossoms fine
Will sound their harsh stark welcome.
Now the time
For crow to sound his claxon call, and wake
The sleeping flowers, the drowsy shrubs, who take
The light from sun, and sleep beneath my glow.
Beats down my cool blue light on lonesome crow.
April - Fish Moon
Three little fishes swimming in the sea
Hailey and Arden and little Anni,
Hailey loves the mermaids singing siren songs
Arden rides the seahorses north all day long
Anni plays with starfish
Teaching them to sing
'Of shoes and ships and sealing wax
And cabbages and kings'
Through shoals beside Nantucket
Two little guppies float
Sweet Sloan and gentle Georgia
And chase the fishing boats.
These five little fishes form a school,
Playful and happy as a rule.
Together they will splash and dive, in the ocean blue
And search for other mischief – that only they can do!
May - Flower Moon
The cows are out to pasture, to chew upon their cud
The April showers are ended, and drying is the mud
And cows now finished calving, their udders soon will fill
As night steals in above them, this night so dark and still
I pour my liquid light upon
The beasts down in the dell,
My milky light shines pale and white
What stories I could tell!
If only I could bend down, and touch these gentle hearts
With more than just my shimmering white hands on aching parts
I'd let them taste my goodness, as calves have tasted theirs
And leaving behind my moony milk, climb back up heaven's stairs.
June - Strawberry Moon
My light shines down on low thick plants, with fruit
So ripe that all from mouse to bear are keen
To find that sweet red taste. This little plant
Means summer to the animals who, lean
From winter hunger, bend to taste the treat.
And now the warmer nights, and now the sound
Of summer rain that blows away with wind
Still warm. The animals creep through the forest deep
Their hope at last the strawberry to find.
Then with stomachs full of sweet, sweet fruit to sleep.
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