Conversation Galante

T. S. Eliot

 
I observe: "Our sentimental friend the moon!
Or possibly (fantastic, I confess)
It may be Prester John’s balloon
Or an old battered lantern hung aloft
To light poor travellers to their distress."
  She then: "How you digress!"
And I then: "Some one frames upon the keys
That exquisite nocturne, with which we explain
The night and moonshine; music which we seize
To body forth our own vacuity."
  She then: "Does this refer to me?"
  "Oh no, it is I who am inane."
"You, madam, are the eternal humorist,
The eternal enemy of the absolute,
Giving our vagrant moods the slightest twist!
With your aid indifferent and imperious
At a stroke our mad poetics to confute—"
  And—"Are we then so serious?"
 

Poems by This Author

La Figlia Che Piange by T. S. Eliot
Stand on the highest pavement of the stair
Aunt Helen by T.S. Eliot
Miss Helen Slingsby was my maiden aunt
Cousin Nancy by T.S. Eliot
Miss Nancy Ellicott
Gerontion by T.S. Eliot
Here I am, an old man in a dry month
Hysteria by T. S. Eliot
As she laughed I was aware of becoming involved in her laughter and being part of it
Morning at the Window by T. S. Eliot
They are rattling breakfast plates in basement kitchens
Portrait of a Lady by T. S. Eliot
Among the smoke and fog of a December afternoon
Preludes by T.S. Eliot
The winter evening settles down
Rhapsody on a Windy Night by T. S. Eliot
Twelve o'clock
Sweeney among the Nightingales by T.S. Eliot
Apeneck Sweeney spreads his knees
The Boston Evening Transcript by T.S. Eliot
The readers of the Boston Evening Transcript
The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock by T. S. Eliot
Let us go then, you and I
The Waste Land by T. S. Eliot
April is the cruellest month
Whispers of Immortality by T.S. Eliot
Webster was much possessed by death


Further Reading

Poems about the Moon
Anyway
by Richard Siken
If the Owl Calls Again
by John Haines
Lunar Paraphrase
by Wallace Stevens
Moonlight
by Sara Teasdale
Night Baseball
by Michael Blumenthal
The Creation of the Moon
by Anonymous
The Harvest Moon
by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
The Moon in Time Lapse
by David Rivard
The Owl and the Pussy-Cat
by Edward Lear
They Lived Enamoured of the Lovely Moon
by Trumbull Stickney
Untitled [and the moon once it stopped was sleeping]
by Erika Meitner