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
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.
high in the meadow
Linking to Carpe Diem Haiku Kai #1216 Moonlight
align (pale waning moon
lingers in naked branches) just
after sunrise when neapolitan
pastels sink to the horizon,
eyes blink and awe is the
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.
The moon will be full on Friday February 10.
Image courtesy of Pixabay.com.
What kind of supermoon did you see on Monday night? At first I saw only sprays of light from behind dark clouds. Finally, after midnight, the moon emerged. The vision I had was disconcerting:
from pink cloud depths
Earth’s companion sails
windy sea from pole to pines
a faithful lantern,
a face–never fully seen
love reflections fill the night.
A mix of fantasy, visual reality from my front yard and whatever the words allow, this tanka is in response to Carpe Diem Tanka Splendor #13 full moon.
Luna swings by close,
monthly perigee peaking,
surges felt below.
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.