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Robbi Nester | Fog and Moonlight: Margaret in her Nightgown, alone in Bella’s yard

 After a painting by Robert Rhodes


Mist rose from the grass into a sky

just beginning to grow light. 

You threw off the rumpled sheets, 

glided down the stairs and out the door,

leaving it open behind you, seeing

the yard transformed, the pedestrian

birdbath, close-cropped grass

masked by fog. Posing like a dancer,

you turned your face up to the moon, 

as though it were a mirror

and you an ingenue, as though you knew

that I was watching from behind the open door. 

And then, wishes spent, you stretched

 under the oak, white shreds of fog 

caught in your hair, and slept.


Fog and Moonlight by Robert Rhodes

Robbi Nester‘s publications include an ekphrastic chapbook, Balance (White Violet, 2012), A Likely Story (Moon Tide, 2014), Narrow Bridge (2019) and The Plague Papers (2021).

Image appears with permission of the artist. Copyright 2023 Robert Rhodes. All rights reserved.

This poem was previously published in Peacock Journal. Copyright 2023 Robbi Nester. All rights reserved.

5 comments on “Robbi Nester | Fog and Moonlight: Margaret in her Nightgown, alone in Bella’s yard

  1. Rose Mary Boehm
    March 29, 2023

    Robbi, this is such a gorgeous poem. And you got me watching!


  2. Loranneke
    March 29, 2023

    A gorgeous ekphrastic full of imagery on…an abstract painting!


    • Vox Populi
      March 29, 2023

      Well-said, Laure-Anne. I love this poem for its gentle lyric beauty.



  3. Sean Sexton
    March 29, 2023

    What a perfectly lovely poem. So pleased to see Robbi here. And the painting: so poem-like in itself.


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