Buffalo Bellows Moon

Written for:  Imaginary Gardens With Real Toads – “Moonstruck” (posted by Toni Spencer)
The Native Americans have names for all the full moons in the year to mark the passing of time. The full moon was a time for night hunting, for sitting by the fire and telling stories, for secret ceremonies of the men and women. The moon in December is known by these various names by the various People. For example this illustration gives the full moons for North Eastern tribes taken from the Farmer’s Almanac:


“I would like you to write in any form except prose (unless you do a haibun) a poem about the full moon. Choose one of the names and write about it – if you use the Native American name put that name in your poem and/or title. I would also like you to make this a spare poem – less than 100 words. Please, no more than 100 words.”


When the buffalo bellow
in June, the Arapaho know
mating season is upon us.
Warmer weather in on
the way, they pray
there will be sufficient
supply of water.


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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4 Responses to Buffalo Bellows Moon

  1. Beautiful and expressive poem. This grabbed my attention, as I wrote a poem once that spoke to this prompt. https://motherwintermoon.wordpress.com/2016/08/31/i-am/


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