“The moon is a pearl in the mist and sets the scene.
Comfort seems within reach, just over there,
But rocks, water, and darkness intervene.
Incalculable dangers lie between
Us and the warmth of bedding, the fire’s flare.
The moon is a pearl in the mist and sets the scene;”
Anthony Hecht, from “Nocturne: A Recurring Dream.”
It is, of course, a villanelle. And I am still looking for omens.