A scarlet shadow

A scarlet shadow

A Poem by An owl on the moon

I close my eyes...


 Iced fingers pierce my skin through my sweater, as a cold blanket drapes the earth and sea.  This fog brushes my face and halts my heart.  I wander weakly to my room and rest on the floor.

     In tranquil serenity I cease to stir. I close my eyes...


Placid visions etched on canvas:

winded fire;

perpetual disarray.

The sky; a stroke of amber and turquoise.

The sea; pools of jade and jasper.

The sweet smell of rose and summer.


     Light brushed alabaster-feather clouds seem to dance in the tranquil sky. Against the backdrop of earth and heaven her figure rests.  All sound becomes silence.

     Her hair, with strokes of ebony and auburn, cascades down her neck and across her soft shoulders. Her eyes are shaded olive with a single tear, and on her cheeks, lightly brushed ruddy tones.

     I see her here in eternal serenity; at distance from fear or pain.  At a distance, it seems, from life.

     Her crimson lips rise in delight at the vision her eyes behold; a golden glow of shifting stillness. The sun’s brilliance seems immortal, but beyond her vision a darkness comes.


Dark streaks of ink rape the sky of light.

Her yet smiling eyes cannot behold the sudden sight.

It becomes a challenge, a test of the will;

can you be content just standing still?


     In the darkness there seems to stand a scarlet shadow; the wandering specter of the sea.  At this a crack of thunder peals, and the sea swallows the night. 


     I open my eyes...

© 2018 An owl on the moon

Author's Note

An owl on the moon
From chapter six of "An owl on the moon”… June

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"Can you be content just standing stil? ... When gratitude fills my heart, when beauty of your poetry overwhelms my senses, I can't help but stand still!
You paint spectacular images with your wonderful words, and I feel my words are limited in expressing my appreciation of your poetry.
Oi querido amigo, tudo bem? suas palavras lindas dará sempre uma sensação boa, adoro ler suas poesias.
Espero que tudo está ótimo com você. Tenha uma grande semana repleta de muitas felicidades. Uma grande abraço.

Posted 2 Years Ago

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Mrudula Rani

2 Years Ago

Você sempre diz a coisas mais lindas, adoro falar com você. Uma abraço grande.
An owl on the moon

2 Years Ago

Sua presença é uma doce alegria na minha vida, minha querido poeta.
Mrudula Rani

2 Years Ago

Obrigada . Você é uma amor.


dear 🦉 Owl.. I love the colors and moods of the sea and sky... the feelings of the lady are beautifully wrought... poetry in motion as the sea swallows the night. truly, Pat

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An owl on the moon

2 Years Ago

Thank you so much, Pat. It is wondrous to see the owl in your words, and to feel as well your depth .. read more
Patricia Wedel

2 Years Ago

dear 🦉 we have the Rappahannock River running through Fredericksburg, Virginia USA with rapids .... read more
An owl on the moon

2 Years Ago

Now that sounds like a glorious music to be sure. :)
Beautiful-standing still surrenders to all there is and allows us to experience the beauty of the beautiful- becoming one the deepest part - appreciation of splendour only to experienced by the heart in the deepest parts- wonderful powerful yet gentle and soft - tears of total bliss and wonder- wonderful words like always🌹

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An owl on the moon

2 Years Ago

So thankful to be reading your words. Here at dawn, the sun awakening the world, and your words such.. read more
‘Thoughts In Time’🌹

2 Years Ago

And may it be returned joyfully to you a thousandfold- all things good and kind loving and true🌹
An owl on the moon

2 Years Ago

Thank you for such wondrous blessings. :)

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