“Cold Moon (fuyu no tsuki)” #haiku

Frank Tassone’s Haikai challenge asks us to celebrate by writing the haikai poem of our choice (haiku, senryu, haibun, tanka, haiga, renga, etc.) that allude to either Cold Moon (fuyu no tsuki), New Year’s Eve (toshi no yo), or New Year’s Day (ganjitsu).

Frank says:

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.

I started with a 2/3/2 haiku, a 3/5/3 haiku, and finished with a traditional 5/7/5 haiku all dedicated to the Cold Moon (fuyu no tsuki).


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Cold moon
hopes and dreams

Long night’s moon
darkness and cold hides
spring below

December Full Moon
myths awaken under stars
the goddess slumbers

©2020 Colleen M. Chesebro

I’ve also added this sequence for Tanka Tuesday, where I asked everyone to write about hope. This is my last post for 2020. I’ll see you all in the new year in a new home in Michigan!

The Tanka Tuesday weekly poetry challenge will return January 19, 2021. All poets welcome! ❤

42 thoughts on ““Cold Moon (fuyu no tsuki)” #haiku

  1. Great poems Colleen, I wonder how many of us poets have been inspired to write to about the Moon?
    Or songs!.
    Moon River is a favourite song of mine.
    Have a lovely week Colleen 💓😊

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      1. You know I still have boxes that I haven’t unpacked for over 30 years… 😉 Or maybe those are the ones I packed up when we had some painting done over 20 years ago… still have some blank walls in my dining room and kitchen 🤔😁🤩

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        1. LOL! Well, I get that! We downsized, so I’m staring at things and wondering where I will put everything! Some things will get stored in the basement for sure. LOL! That’s funny, Jules. I threw/gave away so much. If I don’t use it… I don’t need it. ❤

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          1. I have too many book collections. But a few years ago I must have donated at least 10 boxes of books for the local library book sale.

            Now I get most of my books from Little Free Libraries! You can google to find a location near you!

            Stay safe and sane, and in about 6 months (so I’ve read) you’ll feel like you’ve always been where you are – or at least you should be more comfortable 😀

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        1. I will once I get everything put away. The walls are yellow! UGH! I’m not a yellow girl. In a couple of months I’ll start painting. The house is smaller which I like. I want a light gray and white palate. The kitchen cupboards, sink, and countertops have to all be replaced. I’ll share all the before and afters as we go. ❤

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          1. You will make it your own, probably not in the middle of winter, though. The people that bought our house in Nov. still haven’t moved in yet because they repainted the outside (almost before the last drop of paint had dried on our paint job. Our painter was furious when he drove by and saw his work was erased. I have no idea what all they did to the inside, but the good news is that it is now their house and we are here in our lovely condo in beautiful Prescott. 🙂 Gray is really in now. And it goes with everything. It looks so clean.

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              1. Well, the house sold in three days to get as many offers as possible – 3 offers, 2 over price, and it appraised at the highest price. Without the new paint, it might not have done so. So we were happy. 🙂

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