Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Carpe Diem #155, Oborozuki (hazy moon)

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Today it's Full Worm Moon, that's the name of the full moon of March. I have sought on the Internet for the name and meaning of this moon and I found this:

Full Worm Moon – March As the temperature begins to warm and the ground begins to thaw, earthworm casts appear, heralding the return of the robins. The more northern tribes knew this Moon as the Full Crow Moon, when the cawing of crows signaled the end of winter; or the Full Crust Moon, because the snow cover becomes crusted from thawing by day and freezing at night. The Full Sap Moon, marking the time of tapping maple trees, is another variation. To the settlers, it was also known as the Lenten Moon, and was considered to be the last full Moon of winter.
That last name 'Lenten Moon', sounds familiar to me, because we are now in the 60 days before Easter, and that period is called 'Lent' or 'Lenten'. And yes it's the last moon of Winter. At least to me, because in my eyes when Easter has come, Spring has really started.

Credits: Hazy Moon with Cherry Blossom

Today we aren't sharing haiku on the full moon by the way, but on Oborozuki (Hazy Moon), because that's a kigo for late-spring. 

So let's do some haiku composing on Oborozuki (Hazy Moon).

hazy moon
cherry blossoms look mysterious -
the Spring breeze

Have fun, be inspired and share your haiku with our community. This prompt will stay on 'til March 28th 11.59 AM (CET) and I will post our new episode of Carpe Diem later on today around 10.00 PM (CET). Our new prompt than will be Tako (kite).


  1. Love hazy moon... and in combination with cherry it couldn't be any better.

  2. perfect prompt/ the moon is especially glorious at springtime

  3. I am enjoying the season words and all the wonderful haiku they inspire! Yours has an air of mystery today! Lovely.

  4. Another lovely and informative post about haiku and meaning of the moon ~ Wonderful haiku ~ ...cherry blossoms looking mysterious ... simplicity is beautiful ~ Enjoy ^_^

  5. Thank you for your nice information on the March moon. I did not know any of it. It is fascinating how our fathers took notice of the nature.

  6. By the way the haiku you present is very deep, and maybe too deep for people to understand. The lights on the firmament are encouragements. There are faith, hope and charity. And by a hazy moon the cherry tree is let to play. But that is not obvious to readers today.

  7. Today was so hazy during day. Easy inspiration for this prompt. I must go with Full Crow Moon because of our very un-Spring-like weather. Love reading the history/background you provide each day.

  8. This March has been very different for me all because of Carpe Diem Haiku.. so spring-like. Each day I donned the rob of a haikuist and created haiku out of real people and situations. I loved it.

    Your haiku is calm and visual with a tinge of mystery stirred. Perfect.


  9. I'm afraid my mood might have darkened my haiku butit's real

  10. Today flew past in a haze of activity, leaving me to reflect on time and offer my haiku tomorrow, which is not today. OK?
    Sorry for not being able to comment on everyone's beautiful work on this prompt. My loss :)