Poem of the Week: Children of the sun and moon

I mostly post my poetry first on Instagram, (unless it is a patron-exclusive poem). Then, each Sunday here on the blog, I post the poem that has got the most Insta likes.

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The poems are inspired by photographs, sometimes taken by me, sometimes by others.

My most popular poem on Instagram this week was, “Children of the sun and moon”.

And now for this week’s poem:

Children of the sun and moon

When you need
you can always summon up
the dormant infants in yourself
the two you used to be
before sex segregation
boy and girl,

and gather them both
into your arms and let them
take a look at you,
allow your eyes to brighten
in the light of theirs,
sun and moon.

Then when you’re ready,
set them down,
these twin orbs
of how you once were,
give them each one of your hands
and let them lead you back
so you can proceed
the way you came.

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