Sleepless Moonlit Night

I can’t sleep tonight, but I don’t mind, at all.

I’m sitting in my terrace overlooking the beach, sipping a glass of wine, and listening to the sea swishing against the pebbled shore, while the moon playfully tickles the slippery surface with her cheeky, silvery smile.

I don’t want to sleep, because I don’t want this peaceful moonlit night to end.

I want to remember this waning summer moon, all through the cloudy winter months…


Moon 2


I wistfully remember Walter de la Mare’s poem, Silver, and irreverently decide to rewrite it with my sleepless inspiration…


Slowly, silently, now the moon
Walks the night in her silver shoon;
This way, and that, she peers, and sees
Silver jewels upon silver seas;
One by one the drops reflect
Her beams beneath their slippery waves;
Perched on a palm tree, like a date,
With claws of silver sleeps the gull;
From the shadowy sky, a bright light bleeps
Tail lights of a silent plane which sleeps.
A fishing boat floats smoothly by,
With silver lights, and silver eye;
And moveless fish in the water gleam,
By silver waves in a silver sea.

I may need a siesta tomorrow… but who cares about that on such a perfect night alone, with you…

Published by LucciaGray

Writer, blogger, teacher, reader and lover of words wherever they are. Author of The Eyre Hall Trilogy, the breathtaking sequel to Jane Eyre. Luccia lives in sunny Spain, but her heart's in Victorian London.

11 thoughts on “Sleepless Moonlit Night

  1. Thank you:) I couldn’t get the rhyme right in the second stanza, but I just wanted to express the beauty and stillness the way in which De la Mere did. There’s something magical about the moon and the sea in summer nights.


  2. I love the moon photo and this post as well. I know just what you mean about the moonlit evenings by the water and enjoying solitude and nature. It’s relaxing just to read this!


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