I have just learned from tonight’s dVerse prompt that both the harvest moon and a blue moon await us this October. Well, that shows how much I know about the moon, or the harvest for that matter. I thought I’d already seen the harvest moon this year. I cannot claim to be over moon-aware, but I do wonder: do the phases of the moon affect us? Probably there’s no scientific evidence to say they do (there never is, for anything that provides poetic inspiration, is there?) but it’s an enticing idea. In tune with the moon. Howling at the moon: gone mad, lunatic.
I used to suffer very badly from depression at this time of year, which some call ‘Seasonal Affective Disorder,’ often appropriately initialised to ‘S.A.D.’ The three months leading up to Christmas were like a dark tunnel I went into, beginning in October which is when I lost my mother many years ago. Since then I lost my Grandmother in December, and a year later my sister in the same month. The tunnel grew darker.
Moving to Spain seemed to clear up my ‘S.A.D.’ I guess all that sunshine during the daylight hours really made a difference. For the first time in 4 years, this year I will experience a genuine cold dark Winter. How will I find it? A good test of my resolve to find the happiness and light within, whatever the external circumstances:
October moons may
Harvest blue awakenings
Cast sorrows away
Frank J. Tassone is our host over at dVerse for Haibun Monday: to the Moon! today. He explained that we are due both a harvest moon (1st October, though it normally falls in September) and a blue moon (on Halloween night!) this month.