Flower Moon

Frank at dVerse was considering May’s full moon, the Flower Moon. With his considerations, he invited folk to write a haibun referencing the flower moon

Typically a haibun consists of one or more paragraphs of prose – typically non-fictional or autobiographical – followed by one or more haiku. I’ve decided to be different in my prose (unless something has happened I’m unaware of). Go check out the other fantastic haibuns that have been entered.


They say it was barren once. Yet now it blossoms. I am the last gardener in this place called Eden. I look up and see the barren one above, full of beauty. I go back to my chores, “No lollygagging” Pa would have said. I smile at the memory of Pa, old age took him a long time ago, but his words remain, “there’s work to be done girly, none of your lollygagging now, git to.”

I “git to” as I tend the gardens. I suppose it’s pointless now. I’m the last one left, the last of the moon’s childs. Our parents came up to plant a new Eden. The earth was becoming less inhabitable by the day, so finally they planned to colonise the moon. Then the bombs started dropping. The earth became barren in days. Lifeless. Dust strewn. The lunar gardeners survived, thrived even, for a time. The gardens grew, flowered, flourished.

But our mother soil was meant to be barren. So few children were born from that first generation. None were born after that. The gardens blossomed, the moon flowered, but we did not flower with it.

Now I am the last. I am old. The gardens will outlive me, plants will find their way where humans could not. The flowering moon will smile down on the dead earth as the worlds heal from the disease of humanity. I will not see it, for it is my time to feed the plants I have watered for so long. Yet it shall be, because it must be. So I go in peace.

Dead, wind blasted earth
Too sick from Atom to fruit
Under flowering Moon


Hope you enjoy, please feel free to comment
The Lonely Recluse

~ by The Lonely Recluse on May 24, 2021.

20 Responses to “Flower Moon”

  1. Brilliant! I have a soft spot for speculative haibun, and this one reaches astounding heights of pathos and hope! Well done!

  2. I like the sci-fi (futurism?) approach to the challenge.

  3. What an interesting futuristic, apocalyptic haibun. Very creative and well done.

  4. I’ve imagined that scenario. No doubt the flowers and plants will carry on without us. Excellent piece!

  5. Very different indeed and quite imaginative and surprising. 🙂

  6. I wonder if the moon will ever have a garden growing on it. Your haibun reminded me of one of my favourite sci-fi films, Trumbull’s ‘Silent Running’, especially the scenes in which the main character, Freeman Lowell, tends the plants in the enormous geodesic domes, although they were planning to return to Earth to reforest it rather than the moon.

    • It seems a sensible step for us to take, although whether we have/will ever have the practical ability to make it work is another question. Sadly I’ve never seen “Silent Running”, I’ll have to put it on the to watch list. Thanks for the comment

  7. This imaginary scenario seems all too believable to me. I am glad at least that there are kindhearted gardeners trying to mend dystopia.

    • The earth getting less inhabitable comment was definitely not a piece of sci-fi, and sadly we seem hell-bent on keeping on destroying the planet that sustains us. Thanks for the comment

  8. Wonderful prose and excellent haiku — all a bit bittersweet, but well written

  9. I love how you decided to go to fiction (which I dearly hope that it is). I think this one also gives a message of changing unless we want to end up useless to moon and soil..

    • I’m a fiction writer at heart, and rules are designed to be bent (preferably in my favour). It’s definitely a message that needs to be heard, I just hope folk don’t hear it too late. Glad you enjoyed it

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