He’d at once found, a safe place to orbit,
A world of peace and calm,
He’d bathed in the reflected light of wisdom,
Looked down in wonder, at accepting oceans;
And noble deserts,
He’d adopted these qualities,
Into his turbulent mantle;
The subtle stirring of gravitational waves,
Signalled the approach of a wandering black hole,
His orbit was perturbed,
And he was ripped from what he knew,
Before those seeds,
Had crystallised in his core;
He’d wandered and explored,
Adrift in the void,
Passed too close to quasars,
Was burnt by neutron stars,
He’d gazed on in awe,
At several supernovas,
Whose turbulent energies,
Hinted at fires still burning;
That little moon,
Was captured by a star,
One whose children were kindred,
With his own heart,
His orbit became more stable,
More regular, yet still eccentric,
As he inscribed lessons he’d learnt,
For all planets to see.
When a lonely moon finds a star,
It becomes a planet.
I spontaneously submitted this poem to BBC Radio 4, since I’d heard that the BBC take poetry submissions. I thought that I’d include here the note that I sent with the poem:
I’d like to share with you this poem, An Adventurous Moon, which is about going on a mental health journey, experiencing progress and setbacks, but taking the lessons learned with you.
It encourages optimism with the idea that those experiences will come in useful and valuable, not just to yourself but to others too, and that a future where you find your place is possible.
The celestial metaphors are intended to give feelings of escapism, wonder and gratitude for the greater picture in which we find ourselves.
I thought this poem would be particularly appropriate now during this time of lockdown, since mental health challenges will be increased. And the escapism may be especially welcome!