#Haikai Challenge #108 (10/12/19): Hunter’s Moon (next full moon (nochi no tsuki)) #haiku #senryu #haibun #tanka #haiga #renga

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How did you enjoy the fall foliage, haijin? Congratulations to last week’s contributors:

Haikai Challenge Participants
1. Reena Saxena
2. Xenia Tran
3. Jane Dougherty
4. Peter
5. Ken Gierke / rivrvlogr
6. Dwight L. Roth
7. Tessa
8. Jade Li/Lisa
9. Jules
10. Petru
11. Deborah
12. Kerfe Roig
13. Janice
14. Xenia Tran (2)
15. Linda Lee Lyberg
16. Revived Writer

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Tomorrow night marks the full moon for October. As I remarked last year:

Nochi no tsuki translates as “next full moon,” a kigo associated with the full moon after the harvest moon. In the west, that full moon is known as the Hunter’s Moon:

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)).

As always:

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.

This Monday, I’m hosting Haibun Monday over at dVerse. Come join us then for some Indigenous-themed celebrations!

Don’t forget to savor the light of this Hunter’s Moon!

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