Moonlight in Vermont
by Rose Mary Boehm

Vermont took on a special shine
on the small dance floor
just off the famous Boul’ Mich.
Your feet were as large
as your frame and your height,
and my face rested on your
starched shirt front. I was afraid
I’d smudge my foundation (tone Biscuit)
and you’d be appalled. But then
you’d just stolen two crystal droplets
from the hotel’s chandelier
and threaded those old wires
through the holes in my earlobes
with some pomp. I didn’t expect
a starched dress shirt from
someone called Bill.

AUTHOR’S PHOTO CAPTION: The time is 1959, the place is Paris, innocence is written with a capital “I.” Being “in love” is the best thing in the world, and Paris the only place where it can happen with the right amount of glamour and romance.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR: A German-born UK national, Rose Mary Boehm, lives and works in Lima, Peru. Author of two novels and a poetry collection (TANGENTS) published in 2011 in the in UK, well over 100 of her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in a good two dozen US poetry reviews as well as in some print anthologies and Diane Lockward’s The Crafty Poet. She won third place in the 2009 Margaret Reid Poetry Contest for Traditional Verse (US), was semi-finalist in the Naugatuck poetry contest 2012/13 and has been a finalist in several Goodreads contests, winning it in October 2014.

EDITOR’S NOTE: “Moonlight in Vermont” was written by John Blackburn and Karl Suessdorf in 1944. The lyrics are unusual in that they do not rhyme. The lyrics are also unconventional because each verse (not counting the bridge) is a haiku. Listen to the original recording by Margaret Whiting on youtube.