i have a late date tonight
not with a lover
though i wish that were the case

it’s an appointment with the moon
my mother my goddess
the muse that never fails me

i will meet her in the garden
wearing only my skin
and bathe in her light

i will sit alone but for nature
calm with eyes closed
surrounded by fire grass

scarlet as my passion
dreaming dreams of desire
unexpressed except in words

and when radiant i shine
i will gently dissolve
into fine silver mist

amorphous untethered
from blood and from bone
frailties and faults all forgiven

moonlight becomes me
and i become it when i sit
in my flame-red garden

RC deWinter

RC deWinter’s poetry is anthologized in New York City Haiku (NY Times, 2017), Uno: A Poetry Anthology (Verian Thomas, 2002), in print in 2River View, Meat For Tea: The Valley Review, Pink Panther Magazine, Down in the Dirt, Scarlet Leaf Review, Genre Urban Arts and in numerous online literary journals.