Blood Moon

I posted this a few years ago. I wish I had kept the original post so I could credit the photographer. The information in the meta of the original photo. I believe it was someone on Unsplash with a Russian last name.

Does anyone remember the hoopla six years ago over the blood moon prophecy? The world was supposed to end in late September of 2014, at the end of the fourth and final eclipse in a series of four consecutive total lunar eclipses separated by six lunar months each. Some evangelical Christians were all set to pack it in.

So much for that.

By the way, I write my haiku rather short, in a syllabic pattern of 3-5-3. I remember reading somewhere that English is too detailed and descriptive to carry the true spirit of the 5-7-5 pattern. Haiku is supposed to be spare, but English verbs have too many tenses to be spare. It’s almost like the suffix “ing” is a cheat to use up a syllable, yet because the way English is structured and the way English provides context, it’s so descriptive that there is no room for interpretation with respect to time: An action was happening, is happening, or will be happening. I think the 3-5-3 is more challenging, and therefore more fun, to write, anyway.

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