Almanac Poetry: Sickle Moon


Sickle moon. [Source Wikimedia Commons.]


Sickle Moon


Sickle moon,
the light you send
is watery-thin,
weak as piss.
You’re a sick old man
with a prostate problem
who has to shake it out in dribbles;
unable to perform his task
with the effortless ease of former times.
I gaze into the night, depressed.
What a poor excuse for illumination!
When I want light
all you can give
is a dismal, far-off glimmer.
Invalid pensioner
in the depths of winter,
rheumy melancholic
in a larder dark and bare,
your days of full-bloom health
are far behind you
—aren’t they, sick old man?
You’ll fade away to nothing soon.
We both know it, don’t we,
sick and sallow,
wrecked and weary,
dilute, dreary,
sickle moon?





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Kevin Densley is a poet and writer-in-general. His fourth book-length poetry collection, Sacredly Profane, has just been published (late 2020) by Ginninderra Press. He is also the co-author of ten play collections for young people, as well as a multi Green Room Award nominated play, Last Chance Gas, which was published by Currency Press. Recent other writing includes screenplays for films with a tertiary education purpose. He laments the extinction of Cascade Pale Ale and Kiwi Lager.


  1. Luke Reynolds says

    Just a wild hunch you prefer a full moon Kevin?!!!

  2. Kevin Densley says

    Yes, Luke! A full moon’s more exciting, but maybe more freaky things happen when it’s in the sky!

  3. There’s no dark side of the moon really. Matter of fact its all dark.

  4. Kevin Densley says

    Interesting viewpoint, Dips.

    In many respects, I agree with with you, especially if one is speaking/writing metaphorically – the more I think about the moon, the weirder, more odd it seems to me. WTF is it doing up there, really?!

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