almost a Harvest Moon
this disk over the bloody mountains'
late-winter white

—William J. Higginson

"Bloody mountains" is a reference to the Sangre de Cristo ("Blood of Christ") Mountains, east and north of Santa Fe, New Mexico. At sunset, they often turn pink reflecting the glow of the opposite western sky, but on a full-moon night they are white, streaked with tree-shadows.

About the author: William J. Higginson, poet and writing teacher, lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Author, with Penny Harter, of The Haiku Handbook: How to Write, Share, and Teach Haiku, and author of The Haiku Seasons: Poetry of the Natural World and Haiku World: An International Poetry Almanac, as well as Quantum Spring: Haiku on the Los Alamos Fire (forthcoming); co-translator with Tadashi Kondo of Red Fuji: Selected Haiku of Yatsuka Ishihara and Over the Wave: Selected Haiku of Ritsuo Okada. (buy these books) Also, editor of the "Haiku and Related Forms" pages of the Open Directory.

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Responses to the haiku for 22 January 2001 by William J. Higginson

    Vasile Moldovan (vasilemoldovan at yahoo dot com)
    2004-06-12 22:51:16

    A new full-moon night-
    the Bloody Mounts are turning
    white step by step

    bob richardson (orgbob at webtv dot net)
    2004-11-06 20:21:12

    harvest moon disappears
    high in the sky -
    thoughts of lost haiku

    ec holiday
    2005-04-26 17:05:45

    planter's moon
    searchlight beams sweep across
    the rio grande

    bob richardson (orgbob at webtv dot net)
    2005-05-25 18:01:32

    moonless night -
    at my door
    though pale
    a tiny light

    yee hop choi
    2005-10-08 14:46:55

    how is the word cumbersome used in english?
    this poem seems to define it. or should i say
    clumsy? yes, this is a clumsy haiku.

    winter sunset
    i add a dash of hot sauce
    to her bloody mary

    b. m. richardson (orgbob at webtv dot net)
    2008-06-17 13:07:23

    almost a sunny day--
    sound of raindrops
    atop the skylight