Hope last week was enough wind for you, haijin! Congratulations to last week’s contributorsHaikai Challenge Participants
|1. Jane Dougherty|
2. Dwight L. Roth
3. Zael Sealing
6. Linda Lee Lyberg
8. Revived Writer
10. Kerfe Roig
Today is the 2nd anniversary of the #Haikai Challenge! Can you believe we’ve been writing #haikai for a 104 weeks already?
How fortunate, then, that we have a quintessential kigo to celebrate this weekend: harvest moon (meigetsu)!
WHEN IS THE HARVEST MOON?
This year, the brilliant Harvest Moon will appear on the night of Friday, September 13, reaching peak fullness at 12:33 a.m. EDT on the 14th. So, keep an eye out on Friday the 13th—not for witches or black cats, but for the shining Harvest Moon!
One thing that sets the Harvest Moon apart from other full Moon names is that it’s not associated with a specific month, as the others are. Instead, the Harvest Moon relates to the timing of the autumnal equinox (September 22 or 23), with the full Moon that occurs nearest to the equinox being the one to take on the name “Harvest Moon.” This means that the Harvest Moon can occur in either September or October, depending on how the lunar cycle lines up with the Gregorian calendar.
The Harvest Moon does typically occur in September, taking the place of the Full Corn Moon. However, it occasionally lands in October instead, replacing the Full Hunter’s Moon.
WHY IS IT CALLED THE HARVEST MOON?
Farmar’s Almanac, “What is the Harvest Moon” Fred Schaaf, September 11, 2019
For several evenings, the moonrise comes soon after sunset. This results in an abundance of bright moonlight early in the evening, which was a traditional aide to farmers and crews harvesting their summer-grown crops. Hence, it’s called the “Harvest” Moon!
This year’s Harvest Moon coincided with Friday the 13th. You can imagine how much hype that caused!
This week, write the haikai poem of your choice that states or alludes to the Harvest Moon (meigetsu).
Here’s how the challenge works:
1. write the haikai poem of your choice.
2. post the link of your post to Mister Linky.
3. pingback by posting the link to the challenge on your site.
4. read and comment on other contributors’ posts.
Thank you for joining the #haikai challenge these past two years, haijin! I look forward to many more with you!