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.

Supermoon on Monday November 14

Luna swings by close,

monthly perigee peaking,

surges felt below.

©2016 ontheland

Moon event:  On Monday the moon will  be a supermoon, larger and brighter than it has been for almost 70 years. The moon is not inflating (obviously), but it appears bigger when it is at the closest point (perigee) of its earth orbit and this month, closer and bigger than usual.  The next time the moon will swing by so close will be in 2034 — the last time was in 1948.

The moon affects tides and it is said to influence human behavior as well,  manifesting as lunacy and spiritual enlightenment.  Let’s hope for much enlightenment.

I’m linking this post to TJ’s Household Haiku.  The prompt is ‘peeking’ and I’m hoping my homonym, ‘peaking’, is within its scope.