The Lyric Poem Prize
Winter 2009
Kit Loney

Influence of Two Moons

Snake is tongue, asking
the difficult question.

Leaf is river that language
has forgotten,

pierced with birdsong,
slivers of lightning.

Spider is constellation,
sky full of doors.

Wisteria holds time in both arms,
searches for somewhere to put it down.

Two Moons tells us these stories
until night’s voice thins

to a single thread,
sliding through fingers.
©2009 Kit Loney