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Hello fearsome and fearless poets!  It is Toni Spencer (kanzen sakura or hayesspencer) here with you today after a personal haitus.  It is good to be back and prompting you for this Haibun Monday again!

First of all, we mourn the death of Leonard Cohen.  In my mind, he should have been the winner for the Nobel prize rather than Bob Dylan but that is just IMHO.  He was a great writer and singer and his voice will be missed.  He was a poet and troubadour – from Canada no less!

So – today for our prompt, I have TWO prompts:  birthdays and the upcoming Super Moon.  I want you to write a classic haibun (IMHO there is no such thing as a “contemporary” haibun.  It either is or it is something else entirely) – non-fiction (true) with a classic seasonal haiku at the end.  One or two tight paragraphs is excellent.

I would like you all to write about a memorable birthday:  either happy, sad, strange, extraordinary, one everyone forgot – as a child, teen, young adult, or adult – lessons learned, cake eaten, games played, family and/or friends.  The seasonal haiku will top it off as one cannot get more seasonal than a birthday!supermoon3What is a Super Moon?  Well, NASA defines it as:  A supermoon is a new or full moon closely coinciding with perigee – the moon’s closest point to Earth in its monthly orbit.  The technical name is the perigee-syzygy of the Earth-Moon-Sun system.   This is the closest the moon has been to the earth in 69 years and this is the closest and most super moon until the next occurs in 18 years.  Cool.  And it is my birthday November 16.  Now how Super Duper Moon is that?  supermoon1So the number two prompt is to write about a memorable full moon or super moon.  Why was the moon memorable?  Other than being huge, that is.  You have three choices:  birthday, full moon, or combine the two.

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Toni Spencer has been studying and writing Japanese poetic forms for about 40 years.  She is unpublished and at this point, that is fine with her.  She is still learning to write all kinds of poetry.