The cherry tree has been stripped of blossom, but the first of the honeysuckle is blooming in our garden, in time for this week’s flower moon. Its scent floats on the breeze, having survived the wind and downpours to which this May has subjected us. This morning, the sun is shining on a cascade of brash flowers the colours of pear drops; compared to them, the scentless pale pink bistort bottle-brushes seem demure.
bright painted ladies
as soon as the moon rises
she outshines them all
Kim M. Russell, 24th May 2021
My response to dVerse Poets Pub Haibun Monday: Flower Moon
Frank is back to host this week’s edition of Haibun Monday and inspire us with the Flower Moon, May’s full moon that appears this Wednesday, signifying the flowers that bloom during May. He says that other names for May’s brightest moon phase are: Corn Planting Moon, Mother’s Moon and Milk Moon, from the Old English Rimilcemona, which means Month of Three Milkings, when cows were milked three times a day.
Franks says that he is fascinated by the moon, as are the poets whose work he has shared: e.e. cummings, Michael Dylan Welch, and Peggy Hale Bilbro.
Frank invites us to write moon haibun, taking it in whatever direction inspires us, or just alluding to the Floral Moon. in one to a few paragraphs of prose—usually written in the present tense—and preceded or followed by one or more haiku—nature-based, using a seasonal image—that complement without directly repeating what the prose stated.