Summer nights

Thursday night:

Late summer drive

wind roars in my ears

cool breath of night


Tonight’s moon is lost 

though mists unveil the stars

an eerie feeling


Friday night:

As last embers glow 

quiet suspends in coolness

moonlight cups the sky


Not visible in this photo is the crescent shape of the almost quarter moon. One of many benefits of Carpe Diem Haiku Kai prompts is their encouragement to absorb the outdoors. The prompt ‘cool’ nudged me to closer enjoyment of summer night air—touched in two of these haiku.

©2017 Ontheland

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.

©2017 Ontheland

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.