Another Haibun Monday arrives, poets! I am Frank Tassone, your host, and today, let’s get a little luny! Let’s celebrate the Moon!
Why? Well, October waits in the wings with two full moons! The Harvest moon, usually arriving in September, appears on October 1st—this Thursday. And on Halloween, the Blue moon is none other than the Hunter’s moon.
Additionally, the Moon is a traditional Autumn kigo, those seasonal words so important to haiku. There are kigo for the Harvest Moon, as well as for the nights preceding and following it. Plus, the moon has inspired numerous poems from a legion of poets. Here are just a few:
The moon has a face like the clock in the hall;
She shines on thieves on the garden wall,
On streets and fields and harbour quays,
And birdies asleep in the forks of the trees.
The squalling cat and the squeaking mouse,
The howling dog by the door of the house,
The bat that lies in bed at noon,
All love to be out by the light of the moon.
But all of the things that belong to the day
Cuddle to sleep to be out of her way;
And flowers and children close their eyes
Till up in the morning the sun shall arise.
Robert Louis Stevenson – 1850-1894
Moth Moon, a-flutter in the lilac tree,
With pollen of the white stars on thy wings,
Oh! would I shared thy flight, thy fantasy,
The aimless beauty of thy brightenings!
A worker, wed to Purpose and Things,
Earth-worn I turn from Day’s sufficiency.
One lethéd hour that duty never brings,
Oh! one dim hour to drift, Moth Moon, with thee!
Florence Ripley Mastin – 1886 – 1968
low over the hill
a red moon waxes …
the empty road ahead
Haiku International #22 (Tokyo 1996)
Jou akete Please unlock the door
tsuki sashiireyo let the moon into
Ukimidou the Ukimidou on the lake
Matsuo Basho (1644-1694)
Today, let us write haibun in which we use the word “moon,” alluding to whatever context we find most meaningful. For those new to haibun, write a prose paragraph or two, followed by a haiku, in which you include a seasonal reference, and a complement of divergent images that provokes insight.
New to dVerse? Here’s what you do:
- Write a haibun that uses the word “moon.”
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- Read and comment on some of your fellow poets’ work.
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- Have fun!