For Leyla



Leyla your Arabic name means Night

But by Persian blessing you are

The Dawn’s First Light

Opposites contained within and without

From moon to sunrise, but


I am thinking now of the moon

And 3 Septembers back when we saw

A Harvest Moon so bright

In Vermont’s West Mowing and leafless tree with

Lacy fingers at twilight obstructing


Its perfect orange glow

So we could not speak but with whispers

For the beauty of it


Tonight the Harvest Moon returns

Watch for it and think of me

And the wood-burning stove

And the luna moth that came to our window

To warn us


Watch for it this night

When it is

Best seen low

Best seen in the still darkness

With the breath of wonder


by Anna Mosby Coleman