155th Virtual Poetry Circle

Welcome to the 155th Virtual Poetry Circle!

Remember, this is just for fun and is not meant to be stressful.

Keep in mind what Molly Peacock’s books suggested. Look at a line, a stanza, sentences, and images; describe what you like or don’t like; and offer an opinion. If you missed my review of her book, check it out here.

Also, sign up for the 2012 Fearless Poetry Reading Challenge because its simple; you only need to read 1 book of poetry. Please visit the stops on the 2012 National Poetry Month Blog Tour.

Today’s poem is from Carl Sandburg:

Back Yard

Shine on, O moon of summer.  
Shine to the leaves of grass, catalpa and oak,  
All silver under your rain to-night.  
An Italian boy is sending songs to you to-night from an accordion.  
A Polish boy is out with his best girl; they marry next month;
     to-night they are throwing you kisses.
An old man next door is dreaming over a sheen that sits in a
     cherry tree in his back yard.  
The clocks say I must go—I stay here sitting on the back porch drinking
     white thoughts you rain down.  
     Shine on, O moon,  
Shake out more and more silver changes.

What do you think?


  1. http://Sidne says

    This was pretty good. I had to re-read it to catch the connection. I always want a connection to title and verses. I read the lines and I can visual the author remimincing over the things he seen while in his backyard sitting and allowing memories to engulf him.

  2. While reading this poem, I could picture a city in the evening with the images of the accordion player and the couple. I really liked this one.

  3. I really enjoy how the clock is telling him to leave but he continues to stay…it captures the moments of summer for me. The clock telling you to go, but the summer and the enjoyment making you stay longer than you expect.

  4. http://[email protected]%20Dilettante says

    So imaginative, his response to the moon. Love it!

  5. Love this. “all silver under your rain tonight” is lovely. Perhaps it’s because I have such a nice backyard now, but either way, this one spoke to me.

  6. I went through a period in my teens where I read a lot of Carl Sandberg, so still have a soft spot for him. This one reminds me of the invocations of the moon in the movie Moonstruck! Also that I want to see the new movie Moonrise Kingdom.