A Writer’s Notebook: haiku at moonrise

A few weeks ago, I attended the O-Tsukimi moonviewing festival at the Portland Japanese Garden. Among the various activities at the festival, the organizers had laid out small handmade notebooks and pens for us to write haiku about the moon.

These are my haiku.

Weathered paper moon
floats, a child’s folded boat —
unsinkable light.

yellow moon arises
earth lifts up her snowy hood
old friends reaching


Published by Samuel Snoek-Brown

I write fiction and teach college writing and literature. I'm the author of the story collection There Is No Other Way to Worship Them, the novel Hagridden, and the flash fiction chapbooks Box Cutters and Where There Is Ruin.

8 thoughts on “A Writer’s Notebook: haiku at moonrise

  1. Great stuff. I liked both, especially the first one. “Unsinkable light” is a wonderful turn of phrase.

    Our poetry forum has a section for haiku and senryu, as well as other types of poetry you want to have critiqued. Wonderful community of poets. come visit us whenever you like πŸ™‚

    1. Hey, thanks! I’m a miserable poet, but I do love haiku and seem to do okay with them. I would love to visit your poetry forum! I’ll get through my students’ final exams and an interview I’ve been wanting to do with a friend, and then I’ll head on over! πŸ™‚

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