Several times through the years I have facilitated a moon journaling unit in my class, with the help of a wonderful professional book, Moon Journals: Writing, Art, and Inquiry Through Focused Nature Study, by Joni Chancer and Gina Rester-Zodrow. Other books with moon themes like Owl Moon, by Jane Yolen, Many Moons by James Thurber, along with native American tales of the moon, enhanced our study. We journaled every night for five weeks, at first waiting for, and then observing our wonderful earth's moon. We wrote, sketched, questioned, watched with family and friends, and concluded with a full moon walk.
Since that time, I have continued to be so aware of the moon in its cycles and its beauty. I am lucky enough to have a marvelous view at the back of my house, hence the photo posted yesterday of the special, 'super' moon. I collect poems and quotes about the moon, and have written quite a few poems through the years, especially during the moon journaling time. Here is the latest one, written on Sunday, a response to our 'super' moon on Saturday night. According to the Farmer's Almanac, it can be known as the full worm moon, the full crow moon or the full crust moon-all connected to the end of winter, beginning of spring.
The breeze blew the moon
into the branches
of a tree last night.
It was a rose petal gone astray—
no cheese at all!