Although trees are still mostly green, the year is finally turning. Autumn is here: hedges are crimson with berries; leaves are yellowing, and the year is fading to brown. In the air, there is already a taste of frost. I find myself willing leaves to change colour and fall, so that I can crunch them underfoot and inhale the sweet smell of decay. Mushrooms and toadstools abound, some are bright splashes of colour, attracting worms and beetles. And in a few days’ time, fading storm clouds will be backlit by the moon, orange and cheerful like a pumpkin in the sky.
by light of the moon
harvesting the falling leaves
a brittle landscape
Kim M. Russell, 28th September 2020
My response to dVerse Poets Pub Haibun Monday: To the Moon!
Frank is our host this Monday, with a lunar prompt to celebrate the moon. The reason for this prompt is October, which is going to have two full moons: the Harvest moon on October 1st and, on Halloween, the Hunter’s moon.
Frank reminds us that the moon is a traditional autumn kigo and that there are kigo for the Harvest Moon, as well as for the nights preceding and following it. He has also poems inspired by the moon, by Robert Louis Stevenson and Florence Ripley Mastin, and a haiku by Matsuo Basho.
Frank invites us to write haibun in which we use the word ‘moon’, alluding to whatever context we find most meaningful, remembering to include a seasonal reference, and a complement of divergent images that provokes insight.