Full Moon Madness

Full Moon Madness

Leaves whisper softly underfoot
as a full moon illuminates the night sky 
Branches crack in the Autumn wind
and tree trunks let out a painful sigh

Misery resides in the night shadows
waiting for its chance to consume
Love lays dying in the darkness 
which no one will ever exhume

Pain a burden carried in heavy hearts
straining under the weight of sadness
Tears fill empty, black, staring eyes 
masking the look of madness



Christine Bolton - Poetry for Healing © 

Lucy is hosting D’Verse Poets tonight and
she has promoted us with “Going Darker”

  26 comments for “Full Moon Madness

  1. October 7, 2020 at 12:59 am

    Oh, Christine, this is hauntingly poignant in the imagery and word-flow. It’s a threnody, one of misery, grief, and being bereft of love. That’s heartbreaking, but you communicate it with evocative imagery and solemnity:

    “Love lays dying in the darkness
    which no one will ever exhume”

    So impactful and stunning. An excellent take on the prompt, and as always, I enjoy reading your work.

    • Christine Bolton
      October 7, 2020 at 9:02 am

      You are so sweet Lucy. Thank you for wonderful feedback. I now know what a threnody is. What a great word! ☺️

  2. October 7, 2020 at 3:01 am

    You have certainly gone darker with this ballad, Christine! To me it describes a descent into the despair of depression. A wonderfully dark ballad!

    • Christine Bolton
      October 7, 2020 at 9:00 am

      Thank you so much Ingrid. Yes it was a little dark 😟

  3. October 7, 2020 at 3:02 am

    To me, this describes a descent into darkness, depression and despair: a dark and powerful take on the prompt, Christine!

    • Christine Bolton
      October 7, 2020 at 8:59 am

      Thank you Ingrid ☺️

  4. Beverly Crawford
    October 7, 2020 at 11:38 am

    Great word pictures, and very well written. ( It pains me to hear October so maligned. I love it so! )

    • Christine Bolton
      October 7, 2020 at 1:52 pm

      Thanks Bev. You’re right, October has always been a rather pleasant month for me too. Warm sunny days here in Florida and a lot less rain ☺️

  5. sanaarizvi
    October 7, 2020 at 12:21 pm

    A powerful, poignant glimpse into the dark possibilities of camouflaged madness. This is excellent work! 🙂

    • Christine Bolton
      October 7, 2020 at 1:50 pm

      Thank you Sanaa ☺️ I appreciate it very much.

  6. October 7, 2020 at 12:56 pm

    Oh how wonderfully constructed, Christine! Loved this line: “Love lays dying in the darkness/ which no one will ever exhume” Just perfect.

    • Christine Bolton
      October 7, 2020 at 1:50 pm

      Thank you Dora! I really appreciate it. I’m not sure I write a ballad though. It probably needed a bit more ☺️

      • October 7, 2020 at 2:11 pm

        A ballad to me is tragic, lyrical and has a certain musical quality to it. I’m calling it a ballad 🙂

      • Christine Bolton
        October 7, 2020 at 2:46 pm

        Oh you’re so sweet! Thank you Dora 🥰

  7. October 7, 2020 at 4:23 pm

    This mournful song to what’s been lost is so vivid… walking to a graveyard at night.

  8. October 7, 2020 at 8:24 pm

    How one can quickly descend into madness. Enjoyed this one Christine!

    • Christine Bolton
      October 8, 2020 at 11:28 am

      Thank you Grace ☺️

  9. October 8, 2020 at 10:52 am

    It definitely has the pathos of a dark ballad, Christine!

  10. October 8, 2020 at 4:17 pm

    What a horrible place to be 🙁 where
    “Love lays dying in the darkness
    which no one will ever exhume”
    And those eyes! Haunting!

    • Christine Bolton
      October 8, 2020 at 9:20 pm

      Thanks Lisa 🙂

  11. October 10, 2020 at 2:56 am

    Oh, the imagery! Christine, this is brilliant! 🥰

    • Christine Bolton
      October 10, 2020 at 10:52 am

      Thanks Punam 💕. It was an unusual prompt, but fun to do!

    • Christine Bolton
      October 10, 2020 at 10:53 am

      Sorry, I got muddled on my response 🤭. This did not have an unusual prompt. We were just asked to go to the dark side 😳 I can do that! Lol

      • October 10, 2020 at 4:49 pm

        No worries. Whatever the prompt, the outcome was a powerful, image rich verse. 💕🙂

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