Monday, September 8, 2014

Carpe Diem #557, Full Moon

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Today it's full moon, and as you all know, according to the Japanese the autumn moon is the most beautiful. The full moon of September is called "Harvest Moon' or 'Corn Moon'. Many of the Native American tribes' staple foods, such as corn, pumpkins, squash, beans, and rice, are ready for gathering at this time. The strong light of the Harvest Moon allowed European farmers to work late into the night to harvest their crops. The Harvest Moon does not always occur in September. Traditionally, the name goes to the full moon closest to the autumn equinox, which falls during October once or twice a decade. Sometimes the September full moon was called the Corn Moon.

Jane gives the following examples of haiku about the full moon or Harvest Moon:

harvest moon
watching a mouse hole
the ginger cat

turning out the light
renting the room to the moon
for a night

These are gorgeous and that last one inspired me to write the next haiku:
in the moonlit night
I write a moon-haiku

© Chèvrefeuille

Isn't it awesome to write haiku in the bright light of the Harvest Moon ... must be an extraordinary experience. Now it's up to you my dear haijin, visitors and travelers.

This episode is open for your submissions tonight at 7.00 PM (CET) and will remain open until September 11th at noon (CET). I will publish our next post, a GW-post, later on. For now ... have fun!


  1. Very good, amot surreal introspective haiku there - and such an enthusiastic post!

  2. Enjoyed this one. I wrote about the moon in the paddocks last night as well !