gogyohka for a full moon

For Frank Tassone’s weekly haikai challenge


last night

the lane was stretched across with worm cords

glistening in moonlight

slow-moving traffic



rain patters on the lane

pale ribbon in moonglow

tempting the long lombrics

pinkly wetly

out of the sodden earth


no moon shines

on these damp fields

waiting for more rain

but the earthworms still pursue

their sacred route

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Jane Dougherty

I used to do lots of things I didn't much enjoy. Now I am officially a writer. It's what I always wanted to be.

12 thoughts on “gogyohka for a full moon”

  1. I didn’t know badgers like the worms (did I read that right?). The “worm cords” and “sacred route”–how special are these creatures, too.

    1. 80% of the diet of the European badger is earthworms. I can’t speak for your badger, it might be a completely different species.
      After the rain the worms come out and try to cross the lane. I have no idea why, but they are big worms and if a car comes along (happens occasionally) they get squashed. I help them to cross. I do that for toads and snails too.

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