Lemon Drop

Written for:  dVerse Poets Pub – Fuyu No Tsuki–Winter Moon–dVerse Haibun Monday  (posted by Victoria)
“For our Haibun prompt today, I have chosen the Japanese Kigo, Fuyu No Tsuki—winter moon. There is a distinct quality to the effect of the moon when she casts her light in the winter sky. Here in the Northern Hemisphere, for those of us who live in climates where snow prevails (maybe too much in some areas as I write this) she paints the white landscape a beautiful blue and she creates such an amazing backdrop for bare branches in silhouette.”

On a clear winter night in Portland, Oregon, I stepped outside into the yard.
In blackness, silhouettes of garden statues, and my favorite hinoki tree
took on a nightlife of their own. The sky was tattooed in crystal silver
stars, illuminated by a giant lemon drop moon.

I felt like a character in a fairytale. If I gazed long enough, would
I be swept up into the arms of a super moon, and become part of the face
I always see?

black cat’s green eyes pop
as he turns at frosted window
what does he hear?


About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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19 Responses to Lemon Drop

  1. The enchantment of the moon comes over us at time, spurring the imagination. Wonderful fantasy write.


  2. Sabio Lantz says:

    What does that cat hear, indeed? The moon chuckling as she swallows you up. That would make anyone’s eyes pop!


  3. I do love the image of the cat… seeing, smelling and sensing we cannot see… adds to the mystery so much


  4. Singledust says:

    a lemon drop moon is so magical Sara, i love your whimsical haibun and the cat was a lovely addition to make this a very sweet tale.


  5. annell4 says:

    You write makes me want to rise from my warm bed and go out at night…


  6. Frank Hubeny says:

    I like this description of the clear night sky: ” tattooed in crystal silver


  7. rothpoetry says:

    Love you dots of sliver crystal, your lemon drop moon and your bug-eyed cat!!


  8. When we stare up in space, it does feel we might get swept up by that swallowing sky! 🌝

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  9. You are always a character in my fairy tale! You are also a reason to return to my poetic ramblings. I love the opportunity to read what you see! Always will!


  10. Grace says:

    Lovely haibun with giant lemon drop moon, Sara ~ The ending made me think of an enchanted evening ~


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