Haikai Challenge #108 — Hunter’s Moon (nochi no tsuki)

Hunter’s moon cloaked
behind clouds glides soft and stealthy
through ice crystal skies

Warm breaths and hungry eyes starved
For stars. Butter moon pounces.




Frank J. Tassone is the host of Haiki Challenge.  Frank says:

Most of our monthly Moon names come from Native American and early American folklore. However, the Full Hunter’s Moon is one of two Moons that is a longstanding astronomical term.

Specifically, the Hunter’s Moon is always the first full Moon after the Harvest Moon (which is the closest full moon to the autumnal equinox).

The Hunter’s Moon rises right around sunset—and sets around sunrise. It’s the only night in the month when the Moon is in the sky all night long.

Because the Hunter’s Moon rises around sunset near the horizon, it may appear bigger and more orange than your typical Moon. However, this is just the “Moon Illusion.”

This week, write the haikai poem of your choice (haiku, senryu, haibun, tanka, haiga, renga, etc.) that alludes to the Hunter’s moon (next full moon (nochi no tsuki)).

photo from Universe Today

11 Comments Add yours

  1. Sadje says:

    Lovely poem and picture!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you! The photo was part of the prompt, but yes it is lovely!

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      1. Sadje says:

        You’re welcome 😉

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  2. Irene says:

    I did notice the moon being low and huge on the weekend; now I know it was indeed special, thank you for the information, and lovely poem, MsJadeLi!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. msjadeli says:

      Glad you enjoyed the poem and finding out about Hunter’s Moon 🙂


  3. Reblogged this on Frank J. Tassone and commented:
    #Haiku Happenings #9: Jade’s latest #tanka for my current #haikai challenge!

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  4. memadtwo says:

    I can see that pounce! (K)

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    1. msjadeli says:

      The moon followed me all of the way home on my drive up north and back. It was a welcome driving companion when it pounced out of the clouds.

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      1. memadtwo says:

        It came out of the clouds for me as well, just for a minute, when I was looking out the window for it.

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        1. msjadeli says:

          How nice, playing peek a boo with the moon.

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