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Winter Moon

Waiting for Sunrise

By Geoffrey Philp Published about a year ago Updated 12 months ago 1 min read
Top Story - January 2023
Winter in Georgia


On a sleepless night,

my cat squats on my shoulder

gnawing on my dreams.


Awake or dreaming,

I leave my son’s empty room,

his bed still unmade.


Under the moon's spell,

I watch my father’s shadow

circling the lake’s rim.


He walks with purpose

like the man I once adored--

and not ten years dead.


Brimming with questions,

I whisper, “Dada, please tell

me, will my son live?”


While toads bellow, he

laughs. “That I’m dead doesn't mean

I know everything.”


"We are all living,”

he says, “We’re just thin membranes

to eternity”


Moonlight on the lake

folds the cricket’s chirps into

the lake’s mandala.


Then winter showers.

The moon sits on the wet grass

listens to barred owls.


At the hospital

doctors greet me by the stairs.

I'm a veteran.


Through rain-streaked windows

on a cramped hospital chair—

no stars in the sky


Nurses come and go

on nights when the only thing

longer is my grief.


The world is a blur.

After waiting for sunrise

my breath grows shorter.


My son‘s fever breaks.

I lift my head from prayers.

The first sign of light.

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About the Creator

Geoffrey Philp

I am a Jamaican writer. I write poems (haiku & haibun), stories & essays about climate change, Marcus Garvey, music icons such as Bob Marley, and the craft of writing through personal reflection & societal engagement.

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  • Judith P9 months ago

    It brought a lump to my throat as I envision the scene 🙃

  • Andres Dehnhardtabout a year ago


  • Aeryana Castleyabout a year ago

    “We’re just thin membranes to eternity” evoked a deep pause. Incredible writing. "...On nights when the only thing longer is my grief." I think we all felt that. I feel the "first sign of light" along with the writer. Written with a wisened heart for having looked through the lens of generation and the veil of death.

  • Alison McBainabout a year ago

    This poem is such a beautifully written and emotional journey that takes the reader through the generations and ideas of family, life, and death. Congrats on your win!

  • Caroline Janeabout a year ago

    The connected spectrum of emotions and states of being is what makes this poem for me. Great stuff.

  • Megabout a year ago

    Congratulations on placing in the challenge! What a great poem!

  • The Invisible Writerabout a year ago

    The sentiment really comes across, Congrats!

  • Fou Siya Fou Siyaabout a year ago

    The moon

  • VIDHYASAGARabout a year ago

    Congratulations due Got second place in full moon chalange ✨🤩✨🌠✨✨🌠✨😊✨💝💝🔥

  • Lori Meltonabout a year ago

    Brilliant work!!

  • Vadim Kaganabout a year ago


  • Babs Iversonabout a year ago

    Excellent!!! Congratulations on the win!!!

  • E.K. Danielsabout a year ago

    I loved this and your use of metaphors throughout the piece. It painted a haunting and relatable story. Subscribed, and looking forward to more!

  • River Joyabout a year ago


  • P. K. Ganiabout a year ago

    This is so well put together, congratulations

  • Testabout a year ago

    Great piece, you painted some lovely imagery.

  • JBazabout a year ago

    This si such a heartfelt, soulful poem. Love it. Congratulations

  • A.Rabout a year ago

    This is beautiful. Congrats!

  • Congratulations 🎉 🙏💯❤️🎯👍😉❤️‍🔥Awesome work ❗❗

  • F Cade Swansonabout a year ago


  • Allie Bickertonabout a year ago

    Congratulations, Geoffrey! This was wonderfully executed.

  • My Name Is Not Cypressabout a year ago

    It was such a journey reading this poem.

  • Cathy holmesabout a year ago

    Beautiful, haunting piece. Congratulations. It's well deserved.

  • Ward Norcuttabout a year ago

    Hey. Some very beautifully haunting imagery here. A deserving piece, Geoffrey

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