Treasure Island

Suzette Richards

(Cape Town, SOUTH AFRICA)

Once In A Blue Moon - 20 August 2013


Revelers were crowding the dance floor
Imploring the tired band to play more
Since Mid Summer Night I was smitten
Later, Early Summer Moon lit missive written

A month past and you agreed to meet soon
We held hands under the Mid Summer Moon
My heart raced as you did not pull away
Reason and stern resolve had held sway

By the Blue Moon we shared our first kiss
The heavens held its breath at this bliss
In awe of a love so honest and pure
Only once in a Blue Moon to ever endure

As the season draws to an inevitable close
It sees the quick temper to which you rose
Late Summer Moon couldn’t hide your faults
My naïve heart now much wiser and bolts!

Submitted: Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Edited: Wednesday, August 21, 2013

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Poet's Notes about The Poem

A Blue Moon: The Almanac moon rule
Back in the July 1943 issue of 'Sky & Telescope magazine, in a question and answer column written by Lawrence J. Lafleur, there was a reference made to the term 'Blue Moon.' Lafleur cited the unusual term from a copy of the 1937 edition of the now-defunct Maine Farmers’ Almanac (NOT to be confused with The Farmers' Almanac which is still published in Lewiston, Maine) . 
On the Maine Farmers' almanac page for August 1937, the calendar definition of the Blue Moon explained that occasionally 'one of the four seasons would contain four full moons instead of the usual three.'
 'There are seven Blue Moons in a Lunar Cycle of nineteen years, ' continued the Almanac, ending on the comment: 'In olden times the almanac makers had much difficulty calculating the occurrence of the Blue Moon and this uncertainty gave rise to the expression 'Once in a Blue Moon.'' 
Thought to be called 'blue' after an old English term meaning 'betrayer, ' a Blue Moon is an extra new moon that occurs due to a quirk of the calendar.
Names were assigned to each moon in a season: For example, the first moon of summer was called the early summer moon, the second was the midsummer moon, and the last was called the late summer moon. But when a particular season has four moons the third was apparently called a Blue Moon so that the fourth and final one can continue to be called the late moon.

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