Congratulatory blooms —
On a May evening
May’s full moon is traditionally known as the flower moon, due to all of the new flowers this month, and a blue moon is the second full moon in one month. This week, Saturday’s moon was a “blue flower moon.” See more at Frank J. Tassone’s page. My brother graduated from college on Saturday night, and I graduated on Friday evening, so this poem is influenced by that.
She wishes for rest. She cries,
Tide-looped emotions too much, leaving her
Dust-tongued — with no more words
Yet heart-aching to be heard.
She sings, taking inspiration from
The morning she-bird, mourning dove.
Maybe one day, poppies
Will place their cradle-petals around
Her, in a moon-silent embrace.
For this week’s DVerse Poetics prompt, which was about Dylan Thomas and his love for hyphenated compound words. I used the following suggestions in my poem: tide-looped, dust-tongued, she-bird, and cradle-petals. I also invented some of my own.
Meant to be born under a sturgeon moon,
I arrived under the strawberry moon in June:
Maybe I could not wait
For a taste of this life,
The sweetness of that first breath,
To see what flowers and fruits would bloom.
For Real Toads. Note: The sturgeon moon is the name of the full moon in August.
We hope for clear skies
Seeing presence of the moon
Longest night will need her light,
Fireplace is warm, not empty
For Frank J. Tassonés haikai prompt about the coming solstice.
For Frank J. Tassone’s haikai challenge, since November is traditionally a winter month in Japan.
White as fallen snow,
Shining, peaceful sentinel
Candle in the dark
For Frank J. Tassone’s weekly haikai prompt. We are exploring the hunter’s moon, which is the first full moon after the Harvest Moon. I was also inspired by Greek mythology.
Moon of Artemis:
Shine light on all artifice
And live with wisdom —
Harvest has already passed,
Heart is a lonely hunter.