The Wind and the Moon

23 01 2013

winter moon


Said the Wind to the Moon, ‘I will blow you out!
You stare
In the air
As if crying
Always looking what I am about:
I hate to be watched; I will blow you out!’

The Wind blew hard, and out went the Moon.
So, deep
On a heap
Of clouds, to sleep
Down lay the Wind, and slumbered soon,
Muttering low, ‘I’ve done for that Moon!’

He turned in his bed: she was there again!
On high
In the sky
With her one ghost-eye
The Moon shone white and alive and plain:
Said the Wind, ‘I will blow you out again!’

The Wind blew hard, and the Moon grew slim.
‘With my sledge
And my wedge
I have knocked off her edge!
I will blow,’ said the Wind, ‘right fierce and grim,
And the creature will soon be slimmer than slim!’

He blew and he blew, and she thinned to a thread.
‘One puff
More’s enough
To blow her to snuff!
One good puff more where the last was bred,
And glimmer, glimmer, glum will go that thread!’

He blew a great blast, and the thread was gone.
In the air
Was a moonbeam bare;
Larger and nearer the shy stars shone:
Sure and certain the Moon was gone!

The Wind he took to his revels once more;
On down
And in town,
A merry-mad clown,
He leaped and holloed with whistle and roar-
When there was that glimmering thread once more!

He flew in a rage-he danced and blew;
But in vain
Was the pain
Of his bursting brain,
For still the Moon-scrap the broader grew
The more that he swelled his big cheeks and blew.

Slowly she grew-till she filled the night,
And shone
On her throne
In the sky alone
A matchless, wonderful, silvery light,
Radiant and lovely, the queen of the night.

Said the Wind, ‘What a marvel of power am I!
With my breath,
In good faith,
I blew her to death!-
First blew her away right out of the sky,
Then blew her in: what a strength am I!’

But the Moon she knew nought of the silly affair;
For, high
In the sky
With her one white eye,
Motionless miles above the air,
She never had heard the great Wind blare.

George MacDonald




3 responses

23 01 2013
Jennifer Adams Teasley

Genius piece of work!

23 01 2013
D. Raymond-Wryhte

Hi. Thanks for reading and commenting. I assume you refer to MacDonald’s poem, of course. And you’re in good company: C.S. Lewis, G.K. Chesterton, and W.H. Auden (among others) all thought highly of his novels and poetry.

23 01 2013
Jennifer Adams Teasley

Yes I do love this poem of his!

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