Today—Monday, February 22—the Full Snow Moon will rise in the night sky over North America. This is my first year tracking the full moon from month to month while learning Native American moon names (according to the Farmer’s Almanac). Last month’s moon was the Wolf Moon. This month it is called names such as Snow Moon, Hunger Moon, and Storm Moon to reflect heavy snows, difficult hunting, and hungry bellies. This description fits February 2016 in my neck of the woods– it’s been the most snowy month yet—the deep snow we’ve had around here would have made hunting very difficult.
Here are two haiku for the occasion that pull together observations I have made over the last few nights:
winds howl over
Pale snow moon,
winds howl at frozen snow
holding earth hostage
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