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Away! away! for I will fly to thee,
Not charioted by Bacchus and his pards,
But on the viewless wings of Poesy,
Though the dull brain perplexes and retards: Already with thee! tender is the night,
And haply the Queen-Moon is on her throne,
Cluster’d around by all her starry Fays;
But here there is no light,
Save what from heaven is with the breezes blown
Through verdurous glooms and winding mossy ways.

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story behind this verse.

Journaling Prompt: Write about a night vision you had.

Art Prompt: Queen Moon on her Throne

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience a story set by moonlight.

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Lo! the moon ascending!
Up from the East, the silvery round moon;
Beautiful over the house-tops, ghastly, phantom moon;
Immense and silent moon.
Drum-Taps. Dirge for Two Veterans -Walt Whitman

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a scene, story, poem or haiku about the moon.

Journaling Prompt: Do you watch the moon? Why or why not? 

Art Prompt: Moon

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience a dramatic story set to moonlight.

Photo Credit: northofsweden on Flickr


From very early times, the Mesopotamian lunisolar calendar was in wide use by the countries of the western Asia region. The structure, which was also used by the Israelites, was based on lunar months with the intercalation of an additional month to bring the cycle closer to the solar cycle, although there is no evidence of a thirteenth month mentioned anywhere in the Hebrew Bible.

Num 10:10 stresses the importance in Israelite religious observance of the new month (Hebrew: ראש חודש, Rosh Chodesh, “beginning of the month”): “… in your new moons, ye shall blow with the trumpets over your burnt-offerings…” Similarly in Num 28:11. “The beginning of the month” meant the appearance of a new moon, and in Exod 12:2. “This month is to you”

According to the Mishnah and Tosefta, in the Maccabean, Herodian, and Mishnaic periods, new months were determined by the sighting of a new crescent, with two eyewitnesses required to testify to the Sanhedrin to having seen the new lunar crescent at sunset. The practice in the time of Gamaliel II (c. 100 CE) was for witnesses to select the appearance of the moon from a collection of drawings that depicted the crescent in a variety of orientations, only a few of which could be valid in any given month. These observations were compared against calculations.

At first the beginning of each Jewish month was signaled to the communities of Israel and beyond by fires lit on mountaintops, but after the Samaritans began to light false fires, messengers were sent. The inability of the messengers to reach communities outside Israel before mid-month High Holy Days (Succot and Passover) led outlying communities to celebrate scriptural festivals for two days rather than one, observing the second feast-day of the Jewish diaspora because of uncertainty of whether the previous month ended after 29 or 30 days. –Wikipedia

Fiction Writing Prompt: How is time measured in the world you have created? OR How does your character feel about time?

Journaling Prompt: How do you feel about time?

Art Prompt: Lunar Calendar

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about how the way we measure time has evolved throughout history.


One kiss, my bonny sweetheart; I’m after a prize tonight,
But I shall be back with the yellow gold before the morning light.
Yet if they press me sharply, and harry me through the day,
Then look for me by moonlight,
Watch for me by moonlight,
I’ll come to thee by moonlight, though hell should bar the way.
The Highwayman by Alfred Noyes

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write the story of a kiss by moonlight.

Journaling Prompt: Write about a romantic setting and what happened.

Art Prompt: Kiss by moonlight

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience a romantic story from your past.

Photo Credit: Bureau of Land Management  on Flickr

Moonlight on the Creek

It was the prettiest night you ever saw, with the moonlight slanting on the creek and dew sparkling in the grass. The mountains rose like shadows ahead of us. It must have been three o’clock in the morning, and the mountains was so still and peaceful you would have thought the Millennium had come and all our trials was over. It was the first time I ever noticed how the way the world looks don’t have a thing to do with what’s going on with people. –Gap Creek by Robert Morgan

Fiction Writing Prompt: Describe the night scene in your current WIP.

Journaling Prompt: Write about the prettiest night you’ve ever witnessed.

Art Prompt: Prettiest night

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience a touching story about something that happened on a beautiful night.

Photo Credit: S Demmer on Flickr


A yellow moon in splendor drooping,
A tired queen with her state oppressed,
Low by rushes and sword-grass stooping,
Lies she soft on the waves at rest.
Divided by Jean Ingelow

Fiction Writing Prompt: Now that the scene is set, what is happening on this night?

Journaling Prompt: What feelings does the moon inspire in you?

Art Prompt: Reflection of the Moon

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about superstitions about the moon.

Photo Credit: Paolo Cirmia on Flickr

Super Moon

…tender is the night,
And haply the Queen-Moon is on her throne,
Cluster’d around by all her starry Fays… –Ode to a Nightingale by John Keats

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story or poem inspired by today’s reading.

Journaling Prompt: How much attention do you pay the moon? How does it affect you?

Art Prompt: Queen Moon

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience some of the myths about the moon.

Photo Credit: davejdoe on Flickr

Night Scene on the Midway

Create whatever this visual prompt inspires in you!

Albuquerque Moon

The moon is the wonderland of the telescope. -Garrett Putman Serviss, Curiosities of the Sky

Fiction Writing Prompt: What does your character see when he or she looks at the moon? What part does it play in his or her dreams?

Journaling Prompt: When you were a child, what did you like to imagine was true about the moon?

Art Prompt: Moon

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Write about the moon.

Photo Credit: Jason Bache on Flickr

Noche de luna llena - Full moon night

Create whatever this visual prompt inspires in you!

Photo by Luz Adriana Villa A. on Flickr.

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