Spotlight Poetry – The Cruel Moon – A Poem by Robert Graves

The image depicts a painting titled Moon under the Stars by the artist Guille Marto. The work is a vibrant semi-abstract sky-scape painting of the moon and stars. The image supports the poem The Cruel Moon written by the poet Robert Graves.
© Guille Marto, Moon under the Stars, 2015

The Cruel Moon by Robert Graves

The cruel Moon hangs out of reach
Up above the shadowy beech.

Her face is stupid, but her eye
Is small and sharp and very sly.
Nurse says the Moon can drive you mad?
No, that’s a silly story, lad!

Though she be angry, though she would
Destroy all England if she could,
Yet think, what damage can she do
Hanging there so far from you?

Don’t heed what frightened nurses say:
Moons hang much too far away.

Poem Attribution © Robert Graves, The Cruel Moon

Source Attribution https://rainydaypoems.com/poems-for-kids/space-poems/the-cruel-moon-robert-graves/

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Painting Attribution © Guille Marto, Moon under the Stars, 2015

Source Attribution https://www.saatchiart.com/art/Painting-Moon-under-the-stars/775753/2626510/view

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