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A Thousand Ways to Love the Careless Moon

written & performed by: Bob Jensen




I tried to find a thousand ways
To love the careless moon
From wheat fields in October
To the orange light of June

From its winter scent at solstice
Filled with crisping charm
To the self-consoling new moon
Held in the old moon’s arms

Risen from the ocean
Christ-like at end of day
Her halo is a beacon
To the hungry heart at bay

Unlike the cruel North Star
Affixed upon the sky
She is a moving target
That makes the sailor sigh

Have you heard her canticle
Like morning church bells rung?
The words are sung in Roma
And it is a loving tongue

It is a sacred melody
Like David’s to The Lord
Holy to the brokenhearted breast
Where tears have poured

She calls you by your lonely name
And lifts your lonely eyes
And fills you like a symphony
Before the sun can rise

So all you bold seafaring men
And all you Gypsy crew
And all you hungry-hearted
Fair warning now for you

Love her for her beauty
And the sting inside your heart
And love her bright announcement
When the scudding clouds depart

Love her as a lover
And love her easy flight
And love her for her beacon
On the lonely road at night

But she is a ship upon the sky
She sails upon the tide
Her hold is filled with prisoners
Where heartbreak does abide

So if you seek safe passage
And safe harbour in her fold
Remember how she withers
On each evening bright and cold

How each night in fading light
She leaves upon the tide
Until the darkness is complete
Upon the heavens wide

I tried to find a thousand ways
To love the careless moon
But the heavens would not tether her
To love’s reckless harpoon

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Bob Jensen

Bob Jensen

Bob Jensen has been writing poetry, music and prose his whole life.
He currently resides in Prince Edward Island, Canada where he works as a booking agent for folk musicians from around the world.
His award winning novel, The Matchbox Funeral, is available on Amazon.
Bob Jensen

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