The Old Moon Is A Cleaning Lady

a children’s poem by Thomas Davis

The old moon is a cleaning lady
With high, star-buttoned, coal-black shoes.
She comes to work when sleep and dreams
Are all that’s left of me and you.

She sweeps the cobwebs from the sky
With brooms of shining silver light
And scrubs the day floors of the sun
With waters darker than the night.


Filed under Poetry, Thomas Davis

14 responses to “The Old Moon Is A Cleaning Lady

  1. Really unique thought. Great poem!

  2. The comment “Beautiful” is perhaps we a little over-used in WordPress, but certainly totally valid in this case. Highly ecommended for children of all ages. 😀

  3. sonjabingen

    It is so nice to read these poems as an adult. It seems vaguely familiar. Many of these poems I do not remember.

    Love, Sonja

  4. Caddo Veil

    Oh I LOVE this!!!

  5. OH! what a lovely image and idea!

  6. Thomas, I agree with Ben – “highly recommended for children of all ages”! A soothing and imaginative bed-time poem.

  7. extrasimile

    I started to say—for kids, my eye! Such a scary poem—but, you know Maurice Sendak, the Brothers Grimm—perhaps we like to be scared when we’re not really scared. Perhaps we like to be scared when we are safe in our father’s arms. Somehow I can see you reading this to the kids, a proper gleam in your eye. And now it’s time to go to bed.

  8. Julie Catherine

    I adore this poem! And I’m not even a kid, lol. 😀

  9. This is so lovely Thomas! I can definitely see children enjoying this a lot – I know I did. 🙂

  10. I loved this, Thomas…as I was reading it, I was imagining an illustration…

  11. It’s funny, I posted a poem on another forum the other day and someone said that it was a nice children’s poem and yet I’d thought it covered all ages. I feel the same way about this one – like it a lot.

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