Moon in tree


On earth

when elements

align (pale waning moon

lingers in naked branches) just

after sunrise when neapolitan

pastels sink to the horizon,

eyes blink and awe is the

only response

on earth.

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The contours of the waning moon were clearly visible—my phone camera reveals only a very tiny patch of light behind the upper branches next to an abandoned bird nest.

I used Rictameter verse form for this nine-line poem adhering to syllable count:

2 4 6 8 10 8 6 4 2.

Supermoon on Monday November 14

Luna swings by close,

monthly perigee peaking,

surges felt below.

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Moon event:  On Monday the moon will  be a supermoon, larger and brighter than it has been for almost 70 years. The moon is not inflating (obviously), but it appears bigger when it is at the closest point (perigee) of its earth orbit and this month, closer and bigger than usual.  The next time the moon will swing by so close will be in 2034 — the last time was in 1948.

The moon affects tides and it is said to influence human behavior as well,  manifesting as lunacy and spiritual enlightenment.  Let’s hope for much enlightenment.

I’m linking this post to TJ’s Household Haiku.  The prompt is ‘peeking’ and I’m hoping my homonym, ‘peaking’, is within its scope.

March 23 Full Moon

In some cultures, the full moon of each month is given a special name.  At the end of 2015 I discovered that Native North American full moon names speak to my monthly experiences–since I live in the geographical  range of origin, this is not surprising. February full moon is known as  ‘Snow’ moon or ‘Hunger’ moon.  March moon names are: Worm moon, Sap moon, Crow moon, and Crust moon.  Instead of ‘explaining’ these names I present a small poem:

March signs:
worms trail castings
snow crust melts and freezes
maple tree sap flows down spigots
rain falls
hungry black raven crows swoop down
daytime takes over night
robins return
hearts smile.


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On a Crescent Moon–Ronovan’s Weekly Haiku Challenge #67


This evening I stayed out in the garden after the sun went down, with a crescent moon above.  I was warm enough in the chilly weather with a cozy jacket, hat, and work gloves on; motivated to keep working with the knowledge that winter is fast approaching and that clearing needs to be done.  Clearing involves pulling up plants and cutting  them up for the compost bin; taking down the trellis and bamboo poles; emptying soil from containers, and so on.

I enjoyed being outdoors tonight. The temperature was nice and cool for working and there were no pesky mosquitoes.  I was listening to music on my iPhone as I worked.  A purist might wonder why I didn’t tune in to the sounds of nature, but it was a quiet night and my 21st century soul needed/wanted some music.

I decided to write a haiku for Ronovan’s Weekly Challenge, based on this evening’s activity, and stopped putting things away in the garage to type a few ideas into a notes app.  The prompt words that I had to keep in mind are “Cheer” and “Call”.


On a crescent moon, winter calls, gardener clears,

Winter calls, gardener clears, calmed in music’s cheer.

For full challenge details and links to other responses, please visit Ronovan Writes

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