Full Moon Almanac

15 Nov

Full Moon Almanac

Wolf Moon
lights snow-blue fields
embossed with paw print trails
to where January ghosts howl
Ice Moon

Snow Moon
bluster winds heap white dunes
We’ve stocked the cupboard full against
Storm Moon

Worm Moon
March’s wiggly
trails of melt, then Crust Moon
Spring so white and pure we call her
Chaste Moon

Pink Moon
wild flowers bloom
as April birds return
to build twig nest, lay a sky blue
Egg Moon

Moon of May
Bunnies hop in Hare Moon
Farmers dream Planting Corn Moon and
Milk Moon

Rose Moon
Strawberry Moon
of June when hard green fruits
soften, blush under sun’s rays, night’s
Hot Moon

Buck Moon
July’s the time
to hunt, replenish stores
then sleep secure through Thunder Moon
Hay Moon

Red Moon
August’s smoky
skies color Sturgeon Moon
while green Corn Moon sprouts, promises
Grain Moon

Moon, September
lights nights of bringing in
oats and wheat under Barley Moon
Corn Moon

Moon, roam under
October’s Travelers
Moon, stalk prey in frosty Dying
Grass Moon

Moon, the busy
rodents mend their dams in
icy blue November’s grip of
Frost Moon

Cold Moon
lights Christmas paths
December’s carollers
so bright you could forget it’s Long
Night Moon

Blue Moon
rare-month moon
when full moons multiply
their charm, mystery, magnetism
My Moon

– Violet Nesdoly


The November 2nd Poem-A-Day prompt was to write a full moon poem. I know there’s a lot of interesting lore about moons—full moons in particular. So I went hunting for some before I wrote my poem. My favorite find was a wonderful National Geographic article called “Full Moon: What’s in a Name?” It listed names the full moon has been called in lore and history through the months of the year, and gave the genesis of many of these names.

I wrote the poem in cinquain form (a 2-4-6-8-2 syllable cinquain) to keep myself reined in and the poem compact—seeing as how it would go on for 13 stanzas in any case.

This poem is submitted to Poetry Friday, hosted today by kidlit maven Anastasia Suen at Book Talking.


Posted by on November 15, 2012 in Cinquain, History, Nature, Poetry Friday


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23 responses to “Full Moon Almanac

  1. mattforrest

    November 15, 2012 at 4:35 pm

    I love this, Violet! Very serene, yet there’s quite a bit of action going on, with the harvest and rats mending dams. I think the conquain form works well, too…and I think you covered just about every moon there is, except for the one over Miami! 😉


  2. Linda Baie (@LBaie)

    November 15, 2012 at 9:06 pm

    I’ve studied some of those moons with my students, Violet. I wish I’d had your poem to use in that study! What a wonderful combination of the names you’ve woven. I especially like the Red Moon stanza, those skies coloring the sturgeon moon. Lovely.


    • vnesdoly

      November 16, 2012 at 5:14 pm

      Thanks Linda. That National Geographic article was wonderful find for information. I learned so much myself!


  3. Matt Goodfellow

    November 16, 2012 at 12:35 am

    Violet – great poem! Great minds think alike, check my poem, ‘Shine On’ out that I posted on Monday!


    • vnesdoly

      November 16, 2012 at 5:18 pm

      You’re right–we’re on the same page. I love your version, so compact, and rhyming too. (I also enjoyed your wolf poem from this week. Shivers…)


  4. Laura Shovan

    November 16, 2012 at 4:00 am

    Hi, Violet. Lists of names like your moons — words for groups of animals, adjectives for different leaf shapes — fascinate me. This poem looks as if it was fun to write. My favorite here was the egg moon:

    wild flowers bloom
    as April birds return
    to build twig nest, lay a sky blue
    Egg Moon


    • vnesdoly

      November 16, 2012 at 5:23 pm

      Thank you, Laura. You’re right, it was fun. My goal was to include as many names as I could and still make sense, while fitting it into the cinquain form. There were few head-scratchy moments for sure, but a sense of accomplishment when it was completed.


  5. izatrapani1

    November 16, 2012 at 4:26 am

    I’ve always loved the different moon names and you did such a great job of describing them. Delightful- pure and powerful!


  6. Renee LaTulippe (@ReneeMLaTulippe)

    November 16, 2012 at 6:08 am

    Wow, what a tour de force! I absolutely love this concept, Violet, and how you wove a year of moons for us. My favorite is the same as Laura’s — the birds who return to “lay a sky blue Egg Moon” – beautiful! Now you’ve given me some-much needed writing inspiration …. off to find a suitable subject! Thank you!


    • vnesdoly

      November 16, 2012 at 5:26 pm

      You’re so welcome! Make sure to let us know when you’ve composed your piece, Renee. (Maybe you’ll read it for us some PF?)


  7. Anastasia Suen

    November 16, 2012 at 6:22 am

    I love ho you ended with a blue moon! 🙂


    • vnesdoly

      November 16, 2012 at 5:27 pm

      Thanks Anastasia (and also for hosting this week’s Poetry Friday!).


  8. jama

    November 16, 2012 at 9:31 am

    This is wonderful, Violet. Such a great idea to celebrate all the different moons — Love that you ended with blue moon, too, “your” moon. I’m voting for the “sky blue egg moon” as my favorite too :).


    • vnesdoly

      November 16, 2012 at 5:28 pm

      Thanks Jama. Now if I’d been on my toes, I’d have fit in a cheese moon somewhere for your benefit. (Love the peanut butter series on your blog!)


  9. margaretsmn

    November 16, 2012 at 4:03 pm

    I have a friend who sends out a full moon alert every month. I’ll send him a link to this poem. I love that you combined research and form with your poetry exercise, a great model for student writers.


    • vnesdoly

      November 16, 2012 at 5:30 pm

      Thanks Margaret! A full moon alert… how clever is that! About the research and form, those are two things that can make poetry a lot of fun. (Or maybe it’s the teacher in me that always likes to learn something, no matter what I’m doing!)


  10. Cathy Ballou Mealey

    November 16, 2012 at 5:58 pm

    Really lovely Violet. My fourth grader is studying the moon at school, and we’ve enjoyed these names too. Still mastering phases, apogee, perigee. All great words!


    • vnesdoly

      November 17, 2012 at 11:26 am

      Thanks Cathy! There’s always so much more to learn, isn’t there?


  11. J. Patrick Lewis

    November 17, 2012 at 2:47 am

    Names of the Moon
    [A Found Poem]

    English Colonial
    Celtic Medieval Chinese Sioux American

    January Quite Wolf Holiday Wolves Run Together Winter
    February Ice Storm Budding Dark Red Calves Trapper’s
    March Wind Chaste Sleepy Sore Eye Fish
    April Growing Seed Peony Greening Grass Planter’s
    May Bright Hare Dragon Ponies Shed Hair Milk
    June Horses Dyad Lotus Making Fat Rose
    July Claiming Mead Hungry Ghost Ripe Wild Cherries Summer
    August Dispute Corn Harvest Geese Shed Feathers Dog’s Day
    September Singing Barley Chrysanthemum Scarlet Plum Harvest
    October Harvest Blood Kindly Changing Season Hunter’s
    November Dark Snow White Falling Leaves Beaver
    December Cold Oak Bitter Deer Shed Their Horns Christmas


  12. J. Patrick Lewis

    November 17, 2012 at 2:48 am

    I’m sorry that poem did not format properly.


    • Violet N.

      November 17, 2012 at 6:58 am

      Thank you Patrick! What a find!! Actually I like the way it formats, with the months of the year down the left margin. But maybe you had something more in mind.


  13. haitiruth

    November 17, 2012 at 6:17 am

    How wonderful! I had no idea all these names existed. Off to read the National Geographic article.



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