We all know poets love the moon. How many moon poems have been written? Moonlight is so evocative, and the moon herself is constantly changing, a link between ancient myths and modern technology. It’s hard to believe that it’s over 50 years since man first stood on her silvery face!
So, tonight let’s take the moon as inspiration in a slightly different way. I want you to think about the October full moon and take inspiration from the different names it’s been given in different places.
The best known names probably come from the Native American tribal traditions: Travellers Moon, Blackberry Moon. For the Siouan it’s the Gopher Looks Back Moon, and for the Inuit it’s the Ice Moon.
Here in the UK it’s the Hunter’s Moon, but in the States you might well call it the Harvest Moon. For our Celtic ancestors, it would have been the Hunter’s Moon, Blood Moon or the Seed Fall Moon. In the Ogham calendar, it would be the Moon in Ivy, and for the Chinese it’s the Kindly Moon.
I’ll make a list:
- Gopher Looks Back
- Seed Fall
- In Ivy
I’d like you to choose one of these moon names, and write a moony poem inspired by it. Here’s a beautiful example:
by Ansel Elkins
She cannot hide
her line of footprints in the snow.
The trail leads from her window—
across the blank page of winter
field, across the barbed wire
fence and its posted sign that says No
Trespassing, across the night’s
quiet deer path—and ends at his barn door.
At this late hour her only witness
is the private eye of
the moon, which hides
its voluminous histories of human
and ours, too.
There is nothing between us
but the night. The hunter’s appetite
is instinct; it dwells deep
and urges you: Unleash
the wild animal that you are.
So, choose a moon name and write a poem inspired by it. Link it up to Mr Linky, and take a moonlit stroll through other poets’ imaginations.
Mr Linky will be open until 3pm EST on Thursday – that’s 8pm in the UK.
Looking forward to seeing you on the poetry trail!
Welcome, poets! The bar is open, hot and cold words on tap! I hope you enjoy this moony, autumnal prompt.
Björn Rudberg (brudberg) said:
Moon poetry is always fun, and already getting close to Halloween it really made me go dark this time.
Loved the prompt, Sarah! I can never resist a moon prompt! 😀 Hot chocolate for me please. Happy Tuesday! 💘💘
Laura Bloomsbury said:
lovely lunar poem to spark this prompt Sarah – though it took a while for mine to ignite. Just some blue cheese for me please!
Loved this prompt, Sarah; and learning the different names for the moon. Now taking drops to dilate pupils pre-cataract surgery tomorrow since I have “small pupils” — so probably won’t get to any reading until Thursday. Luckily I wrote my poem for this earlier. 🙂
Out of commission until Thursday.
Good evening poets and thank you, Sarah, for a special moon prompt. It was so hard to choose a moon, but a kindly one is what I need at the moment.
will read in the morning have a night all
Hi Sarah! Who can resist such a prompt!
Rob Kistner said:
Wonderful prompt Sarah, thank you! Love the moon, as I love mountains and old growth forests. Always pulls the wonder and romance out of my old soul — so I went with it. 🙂✌🏼❤️
A great prompt, Sarah. I would love a hot buttered rum, please.
Good Evening, I love the prompt as a dreamer I am fascinated with the moon. Please forgive but, I will have to return tomorrow to read. I have a terrible headache.
Hi Sarah and all–thank you for the prompt. I couldn’t quite get my act together yesterday, but you know I can’t resist a moon prompt!
Thanks Sarah for the wonderful prompt.
There’s something about the moon, down here it would be generally the pink moon, but no gin for me, a double whiskey please and thank you Sarah.
Björn Rudberg (brudberg) said:
Daily Poetry said:
That was a nice prompt.