Monday, February 22, 2016

Poem of the Day: “orphan” by Ross Balcom, Frequent Contributor and Poet of the Week

Songs of Eretz Poetry Review is pleased to present “orphan” by Ross Balcom, a Songs of Eretz Frequent Contributor and this week’s Poet of the Week.  Mr. Balcom’s biography may be found in the “About Our Editor & Frequent Contributors” section.

orphan
Ross Balcom

drawn
to this lesser light

this lesser
world

its craters
and ragged mountains

its heart
stony as your own

no warmth
or solace offered 

no ocean
to enfold you

child
of the hardest truth

only orphans
walk the moon

Poet’s Notes:  This poem originated with its final stanza, which I borrowed from an earlier, unfinished poem of mine.  Here the moon serves as a symbol of emotional deprivation and desolation.

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