Diane Moomey

Sonnet I
                —Forty-Three and One Half…

But I remember every lip, and where,
and all the hands that ever cupped my cheek;
recall the day and season bringing each
and bearing each away: our mingled hair,
an arm across me in the night, the wary
promises we may have meant to keep;
remember canyons far too wide to leap
and lips, unkissed, that smiled across. This heart

has been no wide equator—endless vine
and leaf whose suns move gently south to north,
timeless zone of valleys, verdant bowls
of fruit—but is the sleepless summer, time
between the thaw and freeze, brief bringing forth
of tiny berries, lights above the poles.

                —on reading Millay #43



So now—when silence reigns upstairs,
demanding voices stilled in sleep
and dreams, when in this bare

and empty midnight every cup,
for once, is washed and rinsed, each mote
of dust swept up, the missing buttons

found and sewn and every weed
dispatched—the edge between tomorrow
and today rolls smooth beneath

my fingers. Only now can I believe
in magma melting stone, in caves
of water miles below my feet.

And yes, I do believe I hear
the sigh of passing space, my planet
cycling, cycling at dizzy speed
around the sun.


Diane Lee Moomey has lived and wandered around the US and Canada, and now dips her gardener's hands in California dirt. A regular reader at San Francisco Bay Area poetry venues, Diane has published prose and poetry, most recently in The Plum Tree Tavern; Glass: A Journal of Poetry; The Sand Hill Review, California Poetry Quarterly, Caesura and Red Wheelbarrow, and has been nominated for a Pushcart prize. She won first prize and an Honorable Mention in the Sonnet category of the 2016 Soul Making Keats Literary Contest. She has also published three books under her own imprint, DaysEye Press and Studios. To read more, please visit www.pw.org/content/diane_moomey. Diane is also a watercolorist and collage artist, an experience that both seeds and is seeded by, her poetic imagery. To view her artwork, please visit www.dianeleemoomeyart.com.


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