Haibun Monday 5-24-21: Flower moon

How about it, poets? Ready to write some moon haibun? Feel free to take yours in whatever direction inspires you: just allude to the Floral Moon.

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A full moon casts shadows in the woods after midnight. Once stealthy creatures move without hesitation expecting to cast their own shadows to startle prey into straightforward pursuit. The Floral Moon welcomes the beauty and bounty of springtime during the briefest of annual dances with darkness. A bustling dynamic erupts intentionally and recklessly. This seasonal awakening of the forest -a withholding of sleep- invigorates all things wild.

Annual bounty
Once the Floral Moon rises
Vigor haunts the night


Haibun Monday 5-24-21: Flower moon | dVerse (dversepoets.com)

40 thoughts on “Haibun Monday 5-24-21: Flower moon

  1. Mason Bushell 05/24/2021 / 5:54 pm

    Thats a stunning picture. I’ve never come across a haibun though.

    • Susan St.Pierre 05/24/2021 / 6:01 pm

      I enjoy doing them. You would be great at them, Mason. You enjoy setting a scene to many of your tales. This is no different.

      • Mason Bushell 05/24/2021 / 6:02 pm

        Oh so its just a posh name for a story then? I was thinking it complex poetry.

      • Susan St.Pierre 05/24/2021 / 6:07 pm

        It’s a paragraph or two-usually first person-ending in a haiku. Sometimes people start with the haiku. Check out the prompt by following my link. You can see what others did by clicking Mr. Linky on that page.

      • Mason Bushell 05/25/2021 / 5:19 am

        Thank you for explaining, Susan.

        I’ll check it out.

  2. T.J.S. Sherman 05/24/2021 / 6:26 pm

    I like the word vigor, it really captures the strength that animals reflect in spring.

    • Susan St.Pierre 05/24/2021 / 6:28 pm

      Thanks. That was the one word that I chose to work around. It was perfect for the expression of intense growth.

      • T.J.S. Sherman 05/24/2021 / 6:34 pm

        Good choice; it’s one of those words you forget about until it shows up full of vigor 😉

  3. Frank J. Tassone 05/24/2021 / 6:36 pm

    I like the mythic quality of your prose. I can sense this forest and its dezinens arising to a heightened enthusiasm of life. Excellent write!

    • Susan St.Pierre 05/24/2021 / 6:41 pm

      Much appreciated! I have had the pleasure of witnessing the woods ‘alive’ with life and the prose came from that experience. 😀

  4. rothpoetry 05/24/2021 / 6:53 pm

    The animals are like us coming out after Covid, celebrating the renewal of life!
    Well done!

    • Susan St.Pierre 05/24/2021 / 6:55 pm

      😀 You’re very kind. (I never felt the weight of Covid. But I can surely understand how many did.)

      • rothpoetry 05/24/2021 / 7:08 pm

        Thank you. I missed the social life mostly.

  5. Jen Goldie 05/24/2021 / 7:51 pm

    First of all I LOVE the way you changed your Blog! The banner is terrific!!! “Hello Froggy” I quipped.
    You’re love of wildlife shines through!!!!! Excellent! 🐾😊💜🦋

    • Susan St.Pierre 05/24/2021 / 7:55 pm

      Awesome! Thanks so very much!
      I had fun playing around so glad you like the new look. ❤

  6. Glenn A. Buttkus 05/24/2021 / 9:29 pm

    My goodness, Susan, our poems are like book ends; that’s so cool. I used to hike and camp in the forests a lot, and full moons always brought freaky vibes.

    • Susan St.Pierre 05/24/2021 / 9:34 pm

      Those who know the woods are easy to spot. It was a pleasure to read yours too! 😉

  7. kim881 05/25/2021 / 4:49 am

    I like the way the animals re-emerge, Susan, with vigour – a great word for spring.

  8. Ingrid 05/25/2021 / 6:07 am

    You have made me want to stay up late to watch this scene unfold…I hope for clear skies!

  9. SelmaMartin 05/25/2021 / 9:44 am

    Yes. That moon! And don’t you just love the stillness as all creatures stop to gaze and pay their respects to her.
    That moon. Yes!
    Thanks for sharing this. I enjoyed. Be well. I wish you miracles

    • Susan St.Pierre 05/25/2021 / 9:59 am

      Why Thank-you Selma!
      Blessings to you too. Thanks for following me. 😉
      Oh, the moon is such a beautiful beacon of hope, isn’t it? ❤

    • Susan St.Pierre 05/25/2021 / 11:13 am

      Thank you. I find being in the forest an enchanting experience. It’s nice to know that spirit came through.

  10. writingwhatnots 05/25/2021 / 1:34 pm

    What a vivid picture – nature animated in the lunar illumination. ‘Vigor haunts the night’ is a wonderful line.

    • Susan St.Pierre 05/25/2021 / 4:22 pm

      They’re certainly living every day in a deliberate way! Thanks.

  11. The Lonely Recluse 05/25/2021 / 4:18 pm

    “Once stealthy creatures move without hesitation” What a fantastic way to capture the attention and the imagination at the start of the brilliantly written haibun

    • Susan St.Pierre 05/25/2021 / 4:20 pm

      So pleased it grabbed you! Thank-you for the kind comment. 🙂

  12. areadingwriter 05/26/2021 / 5:23 am

    you painted a forest awakening here. this is beautifully vivid.

  13. merrildsmith 05/27/2021 / 2:24 pm

    This could be a fairytale world, this night world, full of creatures that most humans never see. Beautiful!

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