The poet’s mother looks pale and worn out, devoid of the energy and enthusiasm of youth. In the twilight of her life, she appears as lacklustre as the winter moon.
The mother has been compared to the ‘late winter moon’ because she has become pale like the moon in the winter. She is dull and lifeless. Her face has lost its glow and is misted with wrinkles, as the winter moon is shrouded with clouds.