Poetry Friday: A “moongazing” haiku

Oh, you have no idea how much excitement I’ve been trying to contain.

You see, my next picture book, The Thing to Remember about Stargazing (Tilbury House, 2023) is scheduled to be published this October, and TOMORROW, Sat., May 27, is the day of the official COVER REVEAL!

I hope you’ll check it out at The Backstory, a feature of author Andrew Hackett’s blog. Italian artist/illustrator Sonia Possentini provides some amazingly beautifu artwork, and I can’t wait to share the book with the world when it arrives Oct. 3. So be sure to head over to The Backstory tomorrow – because this book actually has not one, but TWO backstories!

Considering the subject of the book, I’ve naturally had stargazing on my mind lately, and a few nights ago our local middle school hosted an astronomy night. Several telescopes were set up so that students and parents could get close-up views of the moon, Venus, and stars like Arcturus and others.

Early in the evening, around 8-8:30pm, my son decided to try to get a photo so he held my iPhone up to the eyepiece of a large telescope focused on the moon. Just at the right moment, he snapped – and captured this. So of course, I had to write a haiku to go with it!

(Click to enlarge)

sea-blue face
poses for her close up;
dusk’s crooked grin

– © 2023 Matt F. Esenwine, all rights reserved

While I’m celebrating the cover reveal of my next book, Patricia Franz is celebrating her 40th wedding anniversary with a cento she created using a Doobie Brothers setlist! You can find that along with today’s complete Poetry Friday roundup at her blog, Reverie.


I’m still booking author visits for the 2023 Spring Semester (and Fall 2023, too)!

I love chatting with elementary and middle school classes about writing: why poetry is fun to read and write, the importance of revision, and how one’s imagination and creativity can lead to a fantastic career! My presentations are tailored to fit the needs of the classes and students’ ages. One day I might be sharing details of how a picture book like Flashlight Night (Astra Young Readers, 2017) was created; the next, I’ll be discussing dinosaur breath or origami sea turtles!

Student presentations include:

  • The Making of a Picture Book
  • How a Child Saved a Book
  • “Once Upon Another Time”
  • The Most Imporant Thing about Writing Poetry
  • “I Am Today”
  • “A Beginner’s Guide to Being Human”
  • “Everybody Counts: Counting to 10 in Twelve Languages”

Adult presentations include:

  • The Making of a Picture Book
  • The Most Important Thing about Writing Poetry
  • Free Yourself with Free Verse
  • Tight Language, Loose Narratives: Crafting a Non-Traditional Picture Book

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18 thoughts on “Poetry Friday: A “moongazing” haiku

  1. lindabaie

    Congrats on the new book, Matt. I love the moon & all books about it. It’s a lovely picture by your son & then “dusk’s crooked grin”! Have a great weekend, more moon-gazing?


  2. Tabatha

    A delightfully happy post! Looking forward to seeing your new cover, Matt, and I love the haiku sparked by your son’s photo.


  3. Matt, another big congratulations to you. Your son’s photo is magnificent and your poem hangin on so tight to the dusk’s magic. What a fabulous pairing of creative minds! I look forward to another masterpiece unfold.


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