Moon Dance

in Poetry
By Penny Perry

   What a fabulous night for a moon dance.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERADarkness. The motion lamp clicks on, haloes a corner of the farm house, my dog Duffy, sway back, tinker toy legs, and me, asthmatic in knit cap and parka. Under my gas mask I hum “The Way You Look Tonight.” Fred in tux, Ginger in full skirt Duffy and I swing down the path.

Past the steaming compost, by the arbor a new light, a new tableau. Duffy teetering in tall grass, me hunched in a cough. We rise in the mist. In our long midnight shadows, we are dancers in a Degas.

Moonlight in full flood finds us on the road in plaid. Casey, the spaniel, and coyotes in the grove chorus: “Go home with Bonnie Jean.” Duffy’s tail wags. He’s Gene in kilts. I’m Cyd in heels, We dance the hills of Brigadoon.

The barn owl leaves the wire. Moon behind a thundercloud. Rain begins again. Just past midnight. Already Gonzales’ crazy roster crows.


About Penny Perry

A three time Pushcart nominee, twice for poetry and once for fiction, my stories and poems have been widely published in literary magazines. Fiction Daily tagged my short story “Haunting the Alley,” published online in Literary Mama.

My first collection of poetry, Santa Monica Disposal & Salvage, was published in 2012 by Garden Oak Press. The collection earned praise from Marge Piercy, Steve Kowit, Diane Wakoski, and Maria Gillan.

I was the fiction editor for Knot Literary Magazine, a Middle Eastern literary journal. I was a screenwriting fellow at the American Film Institute, and my movie A Berkeley Christmas aired on PBS. And, I’ve just completed a novel about a school shooting.

I write under two names, Penny Perry and Kate Harding.