Dancing in the Alley

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AuthorHouse, 2010 - Poetry - 108 pages
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Melon Moon
A melon moon
You could eat with a spoon,
That's all there is tonight.
A lover's wish
On a crystal dish,
A curl of silver light.
A twist of 'Thank you,"
A slice of "please,"
In the midnight darkness glowing,
A rocking chair
Suspended in air,
With only the rocker showing.
A melon moon
You could eat with a spoon,
Served with a single star,
A lover's wish
On a crystal dish,
How beautiful you are.
"Melon Moon" is a good example of my efforts to put "pretty" on paper. It's easy, I think, to snap a photo of something beautiful, whimsical, or thought provoking, It's a greater challenge to capture such an object, feeling, or moment in words.
Hopefully, the reader will find that my poetry brings to life moments lived and tucked away or moments hoped for. Whether those moments are happy, sad, pensive or breathtaking is irrelevant. It is the poet's job to make the reader feel.

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About the author (2010)

Donna Monday is a former teacher who is that rare combination poet/car saleswoman. She has been writing poetry since she was 12 and selling cars for 21 years. Her love of poetry came early. She was inspired by two poets, her father, Ephraim A. Arnold, and Hoosier Poet James Whitcomb Riley, both from Donna's hometown of Greenfield, IN. "The first lie ever perpetrated upon me was that being a poet is the way to become rich and famous," she laughs. She's still waiting. In January, however, she was named, "The Best Car Salesperson in the Village" by readers of the Zionsville Times Sentinel in Zionsville, IN. She edited that paper some thirty years ago. "As editor of a small town weekly, I did it all," she says, "reporting, photography, police beat, sports, ad sales, everything. We had one murder case, and I walked into the courtroom knowing the judge, the prosecutor, the defense attorney, and the defendant The only person I didn't know was the victim." Her most popular endeavor was a humor column entitled "Monday Madness," about the trials of a mother in the village of Zionsville . She penned the town's motto, "Zionsville-for a Visit or a Lifetime," which found its way unto signs, tee shirts, police cars and stationery for a quarter of a century. She was awarded the "Town Crier' Award by the Greater Zionsville Chamber and in 1986 was included in 'Who's Who of American Women." She holds a B.A. Degree from Hanover College with graduate work at Indiana Wesleyan and Butler University . She is "Grandma" to six beautiful grandchildren. She is a frequent reader at Poetry on Brick Street in Zionsville.

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