Poetry Friday: “York Beach Moon”

Well, I’m back from vaca, and all I can say is…I miss my office.

True, it was only a temporary office, but it’s hard to not get attached:

York Beach Moon

inky night

Mother’s face
cold and bright

guiding ships,
souls, these spare
words I write.

© 2021 Matt Forrest Esenwine, all rights reserved


Although there are at least three lighthouses one can see from Long Sands Beach, where this photo was taken (one being the Nubble, which is only about a mile from here), this photo reminded me that the moon is Earth’s lighthouse. I wanted to get that across in my poem, so I thought I’d write another Tricube poem since they are so much fun for those of us who thrive on wordplay and word economy. (Learn more about Tricubes HERE) Hope you like it.

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18 thoughts on “Poetry Friday: “York Beach Moon”

  1. Denise Krebs

    Matt, that is a beautiful tricube. I think you did capture the moon looking like a big bright lighthouse, her seeing eye in the inky night is a beautiful image. Love these lines too:
    “Mother’s face / shimmer-smiles” Good job choosing your few words.


  2. Lovely photo of the moon on the water! I love how your poem begins: Lighthouses/seeing eyes/inky night. Well done, this poem, with no “spare words,” and a perfect complement to the photo.


  3. Mitchell Linda

    Wonderful tricube. What an office! Lighthouses were an early fascination of mine….they really can mean so much more than their practical use. Now I’m longing for my toes in sand.


  4. Nice view! I especially like “seeing-eyes” and “shimmer-smile”–my need for the magic 3 made me look for one in the last stanza too. Thanks for reminding me to include tricube in my daily play!


  5. The photo really captures the idea of the moon being earth’s lighthouse, which is echoed in the verticality of the tricube on the page. I love the wordplay in this poem – the description of the lighthouse as a “seeing-eye” in the “inky night.” Beautiful! Thanks for sharing the poem and the photo.


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