“Pink Moon Rising” by Kimberly Ray.

Overlooking the shoreline, a deep sigh forms releasing the exhaust of the day. Blowing out in the direction of the cool breeze, I scan the shore expecting something or someone, but it never comes. 

Looking up, the pink moon rises over the North Sea and it hits me- this spot, this arresting moment is what I’ve been waiting for. Longing with anticipation eats away at such glorious living moments.

The wandering shoreline stragglers earlier in the day didn’t let anticipation eat away at them. No, they planned their morning that way; coordinating wakeup schedules and rushing out the door. Or maybe it was out of habit as early risers often do. 

If the night didn’t consume me, I would become one of them. But I am committed to this rising pink moon; it calls to me to continue as a creature amongst the shadows.

Observing their intimate walk along the shoreline, she leaned into him with her interests for the day, her restaurant of choice, and how their family would visit in the afternoon. It was carefully arranged to be a pleasant day.

Or perhaps it was a secret rendezvous. After confessing their undying love, they took a chance they couldn’t let slip away. Their longing made their dream come true beginning with a morning walk along the shore. 

Such dreams that I, too, once held as I now sit and wait with this rising pink moon.  

Kimberly Ray has published two poetry collections under the Coffee Shop Sessions series (2018, 2020). Her work has been published in Clay Literary, 3 Moon Magazine, and Teen Belle Magazine. She currently lives in Virginia and can be found on her blog or on Twitter @kimray_poet.

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