How Long is a Blue Moon?

Do not concern yourself.
Only twice in a Blue Moon:
that’s what the sages say,
the peacekeepers, historians,
the literati and oracles too.

Only the Harbinger keeps watch,
collects viable bodies of evidence.
Tracks events pointing backwards
to repetition of historical eras,
measuring time needed for a Blue Moon.

Adolph Hitler’s evil ran rampant,
stacked skeletal remains in godless towers
as ashen clouds floated to the skies.
It was during the time of the Blood Moon,
a horrific sliver of time gone by.

Only the Harbinger understands
the Blood Moon is but the crescent stage
in the life time of a Blue Moon.
It is the beginning soon buried within the tides,
too often forgotten in the ebb and flow of time.

Completion of a Blue Moon is near.
The Harbinger has placed its warning voice
in the human of its choosing.
As sunflowers wilt and blood is spilled
that chosen voice bids you listen now.

The innocents lie dead in our streets
and still this evil invades our land.
A different man, but mark my word,
he is the evil we face today,
many of our people, fighting to their death.

Can you not hear me?
How can you not understand?
Twice in a Blue Moon is now.

Writing for two prompts today:

It’s Tuesday Poetics at dVerse, the virtual pub for poets, where Merril is hosting. She’s created a list of names of actual English country garden roses and asks us to use one or more of them either in the body of our poem or in its title. “Twice in a Blue Moon” is actually the name of an English country garden rose!

NAPOWRIMO, Day 19, asks us to write a poem that begins with a command.
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13 thoughts on “How Long is a Blue Moon?

  1. Björn Rudberg (brudberg) April 19, 2022 / 3:13 pm

    We have similar themes for our poems… this is chilling to read, and as Timothy Sniders says… WWII was the worst in Unkarine. Most of the Soviet soldiers dying were Ukrainian… the winners that Putin now are calling Nazis…


  2. merrildsmith April 19, 2022 / 3:13 pm

    Oh, wow, Lillian! This is deep! You took this prompt to a place I never expected! (See, it’s made me exclamation mark crazy.) Well done. History definitely repeats itself over and over and over. . .


  3. Arjan Tupan April 19, 2022 / 4:11 pm

    What an amazing bridge you are building with this poem. A history lesson, too. “Twice in a Blue Moon is now.”. Wow.


  4. a.h. starlingsson April 19, 2022 / 6:43 pm

    Such horror and emotion around us brings forth powerful poetry like this, and poems like yours here are really needed, I feel, and give depth to daily reports receive. I found the premise you made fascinating, and as always am soothed by verse about what we are enduring.


  5. Christine Bolton, Poetry for Healing April 19, 2022 / 10:02 pm

    Very well done Lillian. It is times like this that weigh heavy on our minds and we have the need to put our feelings in writing. I’m so happy you did. Yes, history is repeating itself and Putin will not stop just like Hitler.


  6. Jim April 19, 2022 / 10:40 pm

    Very appropriate for our times, your Blue Moons fit. We could knock that evil man our tomorrow if the button was pushed. I often wish we would.
    Thank you for peeking in on my ‘Broken Chalk’, I’m still up for this one and not bedside. I will change the date tomorrow for my NaPoWriMo. It likely will not be on prompt.
    BTW, Easter is observed the first Sunday after the Rose Moon.


  7. Anita Sabat April 20, 2022 / 2:48 am

    “Truth is stranger than fiction”
    God is keeping track.


  8. De Jackson April 20, 2022 / 5:07 pm

    Wow, Lill. This is a deeply powerful piece. Well done.


  9. paeansunplugged April 20, 2022 / 11:32 pm

    Very deep and sobering words, Lillian. We ignore signs and history to our own peril.


  10. Jim April 21, 2022 / 12:01 am

    “Only twice in a Blue Moon” is what your sages say, ours say “Only ONCE in a
    Blue Moon.” I liked you use and the counting of the time by the moons.
    A blue moon is the second full moon of a month. A few have them each year.


  11. memadtwo April 21, 2022 / 6:32 am

    It seems humans will never learn…(K)


  12. Helen April 21, 2022 / 3:41 pm

    Your knowledge all things ‘history’ shines thru Lillian! This is an amazing poem!


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