Haibun: The Winter Moon

A haibun for Victoria’s for dVerse’s first haibun prompt for 2018 on Fuyu No Tsuki, the winter moon. A haibun is non-fiction prose with a seasonal haiku to end it.

The temperatures have been in the lower teens and hovered at 0F the past few days. With my husband recovering from a concussion and pneumonia, we decide to stay in on New Year’s Eve. The outside is brutally cold but the inside of the house is warm and redolent of savory cooking. We sit at the table and ladle French Onion Soup to our mouths and sip wine. Outside the moon shines through the window. I tell my husband about it being a wolf moon and how it will also be a blue moon. Later that evening, I hear the air horns and fireworks going off at midnight. My husband sleeps, tired out from a long day. The moon shines through the curtains, shadows of lace fall on the floor and my husband’s sleeping face, calm and still as the moon itself. I put on my coat and go outside. I stare up at the moon luminous as a glowing pearl. A bit of movement – a raccoon trying to scare up a garbage can to rustle. I throw out some bread I had in my pocket, waiting there for such an occasion.

full winter moon
shines through lace curtains – shadows
quiet as the stars

public domain image blue moon and wolf moon

48 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. coalblack
    Jan 08, 2018 @ 15:12:59

    I love this. I can see it.

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  2. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)
    Jan 08, 2018 @ 15:16:12

    I just wish I could have it like that… the full moon was totally hidden by clouds. This morning I saw the moon before heading to work. But no lace curtains here…

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    • kanzensakura
      Jan 08, 2018 @ 15:20:36

      I’m old fashioned. We have lace curtains at many of the windows. Always makes for nice shadows.

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  3. Victoria C. Slotto
    Jan 08, 2018 @ 15:17:01

    This is just the sort of New Year’s eve I would choose. To me this beautiful poem (when you are outside)was washed in a silver-blue watercolor. Thanks for joining, Toni. And yum, French onion soup!

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    • kanzensakura
      Jan 08, 2018 @ 15:19:50

      Actually it was more like silver, washing every thing in its argent glow. Black and white and gray. French onion soup is my husband’s favorite soup and I work really hard to make it so good, other FO soups taste like dishwater! I am so bad.

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  4. kim881
    Jan 08, 2018 @ 15:20:03

    I love the way you contrast the brutal cold of outside and the inside, warm and redolent of savory cooking – cosy – and I could hear the fireworks going off at midnight. It’s great to go outside to stare at the moon but how amazing to feed a raccoon, Toni!

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    • kanzensakura
      Jan 08, 2018 @ 15:22:12

      They are scavengers, masked robbers. But as much as I hate them tipping over our garbage cans, in this cold I knew of at least two that would show up. Hence the bread. I can’t let anything go hungry, especially in this brutal weather. I’m a softie.

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  5. Frank Hubeny
    Jan 08, 2018 @ 15:42:21

    I hope your husband is feeling better and the raccoon found the bread.

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  6. sarahsouthwest
    Jan 08, 2018 @ 16:03:36

    It sounds like your home was a haven for all of you that night. Lovely haibun.

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  7. Jane Dougherty
    Jan 08, 2018 @ 16:11:06

    Oh, lovely! So delicate, the quiet, the lace curtain, the raccoon being polite. I hope the quiet has been good for you both.

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  8. wolfsrosebud
    Jan 08, 2018 @ 16:43:37

    each New Years comes with a memory… you made the best of it… us wolves, do howl at a full moon… even the little grandchildren

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  9. Grace
    Jan 08, 2018 @ 17:42:56

    Love the moon as a glowing pearl ~ I can empathize with that cold winter Toni ~ Keep warm & toasty, smiles ~

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  10. whimsygizmo
    Jan 08, 2018 @ 18:11:21

    Toni, this sounds like the perfect New Year’s Eve, to me. And I am now craving French onion soup, and red wine. 🙂 Healing hugs and prayers to your hubby, and you.

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  11. kanzensakura
    Jan 08, 2018 @ 18:20:34

    Drop by and I’ll fix you a bowl. Plenty of gruyere cheese on hand and always the fixings in the freezer!

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  12. Frank J. Tassone
    Jan 08, 2018 @ 19:50:44

    Beautiful, Toni! I especially enjoyed your haiku at the end!

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  13. Vivian Zems
    Jan 08, 2018 @ 20:33:32

    There are so may things i enjoyed about your haibun.
    1. the prose- sublime
    2. the imagery…with the racoon hiding out (i remember you kicking snakes by accident- it was you, wasn’t it?)
    3. the way you insert the love of your life into all your proses….hope he gets better soon
    4.the beautiful picture of the howling wolf
    5. lace curtains on the moon
    That’s it!

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  14. maria
    Jan 09, 2018 @ 02:40:06

    moon shinning through lace curtain… what a lovely scene. ❤

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  15. Singledust
    Jan 09, 2018 @ 07:41:27

    a very lovely account of a day spent nourishing body and soul, from the times you mentioned your husband’s countenance and appearance I feel the deep bond you both have. thank you for giving me a glimpse into a beautiful moonlit night.

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  16. annell4
    Jan 09, 2018 @ 09:28:42

    I can hear the silence in your write…perfect for a winter moon.

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  17. Walter J. Wojtanik
    Jan 09, 2018 @ 15:12:56

    Excellent, Toni. Glad I came out of hibernation to witness this piece among others. Such a vignette you paint!

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  18. alisonhankinson
    Jan 10, 2018 @ 15:04:39

    I hope he is feeling better, and although it must have been unpleasant, the soup and the moon sound like they made up for it. I have never made french onion soup, on the day of the storm I got up early and made Leek and potato soup, some for us and some for my husband to take to his elderly parents, winter comfort food.

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    • kanzensakura
      Jan 10, 2018 @ 19:11:40

      Oh yum. I do like a leek and potato soup as well. How thoughtful for you to share with your in-laws!

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