Life is full of losses.
Nobody warns you.
one loss at a time.
I could lose my eyes,
but I’m not as cavalier about it
as Cat Stevens. He doesn’t say
that what you really lose
with each of these losses
is your independence.
Some losses are necessary,
Some people never lose
Politicians and salespeople count on it.
We lose our looks,
plastic surgery notwithstanding.
It’s good to have character as a backup.
We lose lovers, parents, friends,
and we cope.
We lose children,
a loss I can’t even imagine,
a loss worse than death.
When memories are gone,
do we welcome loss of life?
No one can tell us this,
or what lies on the other side.
Like all the lessons of loss,
it requires experience,
a step into the afterlife.
Maybe it isn’t loss at all.
9 thoughts on “Moon Shadows”
I thought he was pretty cavalier about loss of functionality too.
One day we will all step over that ultimate threshold and find out what’s there.
As I get older I get a lot less cavalier.
“You learn, one loss at a time.”
“It’s good to have character as a backup.”
Resonant treatment of the lyrics of “Moonshadow.” Thank you.
Wonderful interpretation. Powerful piece!
Thank you, Jana.
I found it very difficult to write in response to Moonshadow, but you have created an outstanding piece. You are very talented!
I found the song tough to respond to as well, and echo the sentiments of your poem and the others who have responded to it. Well done!