All English Sonnets
MOON AND LOVERS
Like moon to moonlight, love to lovers is,
And moonlight, like a dazzling arch, sprays
The lover’s meeting in the night. Love gives
Such high intensity to its surveys
That without love, the lovers are forlorn,
Like bamboos not yet hewn to make flutes
And without moonlight, moon of beauty shorn,
Like trees uprooted have all withering roots.
Moon is luminous with the pale moonlight
And shrouds the earth in soothing loveliness;
Love is like a lark , at viewless height,
Which with its melody lessens loneliness.
Lovers without love – a palsied hand,
Moon devoid of moonlight –a barren land.