On the Night of the Blood Moon

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I just couldn’t stop taking photos of the moon on this night of a full lunar eclipse. These may not be the best shots, but I was out there for two hours and I’m soooo sleepy. Strangely, this poem I posted earlier this year to one of Mark’s prompts popped up with the photos in my media file when I posted them. Don’t know how its link got recorded as a jpeg nor how it got here, but it seems to want to be posted again, so here it is:

Lucid Moon

With half a life lived in the dark,
an owl’s hoot, an answering bark,
the moon across the water scattered,
ragged clouds, wispy and battered––

I float in night and solitude,
the night determining my mood.
I lie in darkness and I brood,
a nightly lucid interlude.

When sunlight comes in fits and starts,
The day brings out my other parts.
They rise in me from dawn to noon,
dispelling powers of the moon.

Thus balanced between dark and light,
each half consumes its daily bite.
I welcome each within its time
Life varied, balanced and sublime.

Matt’s prompt today was “Lucidity.”  The common meaning of “Lucid” is “clearly expressed” or “easy to understand,” but another meaning is “bright or luminous.”

26 thoughts on “On the Night of the Blood Moon

  1. Lwbut

    Love the poem… serendipitously mysterious how it just appeared! 🙂

    We missed out seeing the eclipse ‘Down Under’ this time, but i know the exact feeling from almost this time last year (31 Jan to be exact). You have the ‘super wolf blood moon’ – we had the ‘super blue blood moon’! (second in a month vs first for the year)

    Curiously, although we are on opposite sides of the equator by about 30 degrees each, your moon is in just about the exact same orientation as mine is? – the 3 smaller seas around the top!

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    1. lifelessons Post author

      In Mexico it is a Rabbit in the Moon..not seas. You Aussies are too too literal. Fascinating about the different names for blood moons according to when they occur. Ar ethere other names as well? You are a font of information, Robert. J

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      1. Lwbut

        Most Aussies i know would call it the man in the moon and think a sea is a thing you swim or sail in! A few might possibly be aware there is not actually any water on the moon, but they would be in the minority! 😉

        I like the Mexican view better – looks more like a bunny! 🙂

        I think that’s just about all the (English) names for full moons i know of – apart from a Harvest Moon, the one immediately before the Autumn/Fall Equinox.

        I am a trivia (some might say trivial) addict! 😀

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    1. lifelessons Post author

      Thanks, Derrick. I didn’t bring my tripod so was sitting with a chair on my lap trying to steady the camera on it’s top, but the moon was high in the sky so for every half-clear photo I got at least 2 or three blurry ones you didn’t see. Safety in numbers.

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  3. Debbie Lynn

    Fantastic photos. I stayed out there watching and snapping photos, too. I especially love the last two because my camera would not focus to take a picture at that point. I will say, I think I was a lot colder than you watching this eclipse. I love that your poem took on its own life to not miss out on chance at a second publishing. Great poem!!! 🙂

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    1. lifelessons Post author

      Yes, I absolutely cannot figure out how that happened.. and how it showed up in the photos yet wouldn’t reproduce as a photo! It had a jpg address yet I had to copy and paste it as a document. What strange times in the nights of the blood moon!!!!

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    2. lifelessons Post author

      Debbie, my camera stopped focusing as well. It would focus, then before I could snap it, would blur out to a second or third “unfocus.” So strange. I’ve never had that happen before.. and it was at the blood stage where the moon was completely in eclipse. It as though it was searching for the light behind the eclipse and it would turn from red to white again.

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