Haiku H042

Fully in the Earth’s shadow –
The moon is still lit
In total eclipse

09.27.15 – 09.28.15



Copyright by Minh Tan on listed dated of completion.



Notes to this poem…

This haiku was composed during the total lunar eclipse of the blood super moon last night (Sep 27 into Sep 29 8 2015 in Atlantic Standard Time in Halifax, Nova Scotia).

It’s a simple question even a child could realize, but I heard no adults wonder… and not because most of them were smart enough to know, either! If the totally eclipsed moon were fully in the Earth’s shadow, why can you still see it?

Maybe these people think it’s like being in someone else’s shadow in the middle of the day when there is a lot of light all around that can reflect on to whatever is in someone’s shadow, except it’s dark in space. The Sun does light up the solar system, yes, but there’s nothing around to reflect light back on to the moon in the Earth’s shadow to light it up. It’s kind of like one thing negating the other in people’s minds to make things all make sense. Whatever.

This lack of a completely disappearing moon during the total eclipse was something I realized watching the moon sort of disappear into the Earth’s shadow, so I wrote about it.

And the answer as to why the moon isn’t dark while in the Earth’s shadow without anything around the moon to reflect on to it? Refracted light, bent around the Earth’s atmosphere, to land on the moon and have it reflect back to the Earth.

The H-series poems comprise of haiku composed while I was not engaged in some activity during which I frequently composed poetry. That is why these are called the Inactive Haiku collection.


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