Moon RiseMoon Rise

(Excerpts from “Poetry Meets Photography” Exhibit featuring John Leslie Lange,  the author of “Hafiz and I,” a collection of poems inspired by the writings of the Sufi masters, Hafiz and Rumi and Julie Kruger,  a professional photographer and artist who specializes in dreamy landscapes populated by the emotions of love and longing. This presentation is a collaboration of their work in the form of a conversation between John’s poetry and Julie’s images).

~~ Moon Rise  ~~

Under the evening sky

Hafiz and I

Watch the new moon

Rise over the mountains.

“That girl’s an old rascal”

Hafiz says,

“She’s done that before!

Crushed me with her beauty,

Made me fall in love.”

“And every time she’s gorgeous,

And every time I’m sure

That she’s the one true love

For me.”

“And our love always grows

Through velvet night

After velvet night

Of lovemaking

Among the stars.”

“Until she fills the sky

Like a giant



“But then she starts to fade

Get smaller,

Lose perfection

And the sky grows darker

Until finally, she’s gone


“Leaving me

With nothing but



“And just when I’m sure

I’ll never fall in love again,

She rises up

Right there, above the mountains!”

“So perfect! The most feminine crescent!

And my love-fool heart

Opens it’s arms again

Into the song

And ecstasy

Of love.”

~~  John Leslie Lange  ~~

(From the project “A Conversation: Poetry Meets Photography”)