Tribute to John Steinbeck’s “The Moon is Down” – Piyangie Jay Ediriwickrema

A Tribute to John Steinbeck’s The Moon is Down:

The moon is down
The darkness descends
Embracing in slow degrees
The earth and men.

The creeping blackness darkens
The chilling coldness, freezes
The mind, body, and soul
Confused first, then angered

Biding time,
till a speck of light flashes
The path to walk.

The speck turns in degrees
Into a beam, bringing radiance
Swallowing with tentative bites
The enclosing darkness,

Until a fire is kindled
Fierce and burning
Ominous and menacing
Vowing to engulf,

The chilling coldness
The maddening darkness
Promised by the invading hand
Choking free life.

They rise,
worse than any earthly force
Burning everything
In its ferocious force
Even as one by one falls

To taste the sweetness
of freedom that will come
When the moon shines bright
once again, on the clear sky.

© Piyangie Jay Ediriwickrema

About the author

Piyangie Jay Ediriwickrema is an Attorney-at-Law by profession. Her devotion to literature has taken shape in reading and reviewing books of various genres set in different periods of time. She dabs at a little poetry and fiction of her own and hopes to share her work with the readers in the future.

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