Haiku H045

When in another’s shadow –
Be like the moon in
A total eclipse

09.27.15 – 09.28.15

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Copyright by Minh Tan on listed dated of completion.

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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).

Please refer to haiku H042 for the discussion on why the moon is visible when fully in the Earth’s shadow during a total lunar eclipse, despite nothing around it to reflect light on to it to reflect back to Earth so it would be visible.

It was this realization the moon was visible despite being in the Earth’s shadow, unlike what intuition might suggest, that I came up with this haiku. Using the metaphor for being in someone else’s shadow, meaning you were less well known and less respected than someone close to you in some context, this haiku suggest that you shouldn’t be completely metaphorically invisible. You may be in their shadow for a good reason, possibly being your choice until the time is right to step out of it. However, don’t hide there. Make sure people still see you and find you interesting like the moon in a lunar eclipse when it passes through its darkest point.

It’s a metaphorical encouragement to be strong.

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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