Beaming, or: Moony

A haibun

The pale, glowing semicircle in the Jerusalem night sky represents the first quarter of the Hebrew month of Adar, traditionally the month of increased joy. It signals that the Jewish holiday of Purim is just around the corner… one week away, in fact, when the moon will be full to bursting with elation.

It brings me joy that my daughter is growing up here in the Jewish State of Israel; the Jewish calendar is part and parcel of her upbringing and formal education. Living a full and empowered Jewish life is all she knows.

beneath beaming moon
children's dreams burst with Purim

d’Verse ‘Haibun Monday’: Mezza Luna

For today’s ‘Haibun Monday’ at d’Verse, we’re encouraged to write a haibun that references Mezza Luna, or half-moon, however you perceive it.

For those new to haibun, the form consists of one to a few paragraphs of proseโ€”usually written in the present tenseโ€”that evoke an experience and are often non-fictional/autobiographical. They may be preceded or followed by one or more haikuโ€”nature-based, using a seasonal imageโ€”that complement without directly repeating what the prose stated.

Let’s write poetry together!

When it comes to partnership, some humans can make their lives alone – it’s possible. But creatively, it’s more like painting: you can’t just use the same colours in every painting. It’s just not an option. You can’t take the same photograph every time and live with art forms with no differences.

Ben Harper (b. 1969)

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48 thoughts on “Beaming, or: Moony”

  1. David, I am glad you are teaching your daughter the Holidays and Jewish teachings. Just growing up in a Jewish territory, or Christian for that matter, doesn’t make them oriented and living the proper beliefs. Religion wasn’t a part of the song, “Teach your children well, their father’s hell” song, sung by Crosby, Stills, and Nash (written by Nash) in 1970 but I like it. You might be too young for that one?

  2. The โ€˜month of increased joyโ€™ is a perfect way to describe the first quarter, as is the moon โ€˜full to bursting with elationโ€™, and the way you continued with the bursting in the haiku, David. Anticipation is a perfect five-syllable word in a haiku, too!

    1. Thanks so much, R. I.โฃ๏ธ

      Ya know, if you’re interested in poetic forms, I could recommend a couple of websites, and there are also poetry prompts run by various poets and poetry communities that I could suggest ๐Ÿ™‚

      Much love,

          1. That’s where I began – d’Verse was my first exposure to the broader WP poetry community – I did their 3 weekly prompts for a year or more before branching out further.

            What did you think of it?

  3. A lovely haibun, gracefully relayed. Captivating open line, giving us a beautiful feeling of the night and perfect picture of the moon’s structure.
    I’m always impressed how you use this form to convey stories of your life. I wish I could do that. ย 
    So Adar roughly corresponds with the month of March. Interesting characteristics; the sixth month of the civil year and the twelfth month of the religious year on theย Hebrew calendar – It is a month of 29 days. Fascinating. Beaming and Moony for your daughter.

  4. I hope Twitter allows me to share this today. They blocked one of yours I shared. They thought there was something pornographic, but it didn’t make sense why they took that action. I appealed their decision.

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