From the Remains of the Day

From the remains of the day

the Harvest Moon rises resplendent

Diana, the light-bearer, lingers,


reapers gather grains

sustaining bodies and souls


creating life–

Diana hums,

the tune echoes in a mother’s lullaby

(unaware of wars and strife)

babies sleep in peace


George Hemming Mason, “The Harvest Moon,” [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

This is a quadrille for the dVerse Open Link Night. I’ve paid tribute (tried to) to both the Harvest Moon and Kazuo Ishiguro, who won this year’s Nobel Prize in literature, announced yesterday.








27 thoughts on “From the Remains of the Day

  1. I love the way you have combined them in the opening lines, Merril – harvest and autumn are pretty much the remains of the day. – and then developed into a lullaby. Very calming and soothing..

  2. That expression “the remains of the day” is so effective. Good job working with it, Merril. It’s hard to separate the expression from the writer, isn’t it?

  3. Ahhh, it was very effective how you take the end of the day and it’s bone weary state. Then, you enhance and brighten the setting with the harvest moon and Diana humming a lullaby.
    (Great expression and I did love Anthony Hopkins and Emma Thompson in the film. I read the book but the film replaced my money of it almost entirely.) Beautiful, Merril.

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