Looney Moon-dVerse Haibun Monday, Fuyu No Tsuki, Winter Moon


Looney Moon
a Haibun

In the late 1960’s after several years of nursing, I went back to school for a Bachelor’s degree in nursing Education. Some of the classes I had to take, I had already been through as a student nurse. One of these was psychology.

The professor discussed ancient myths about human psychology. One point of discussion, dispelling a widely held belief, was the “reality” that the full moon has no influence on human behavior. The handful of nurses in the room looked at each other and we shook our heads. We had encountered a different perspective: labor and delivery rooms overflowing their capacity, emergency departments brimming with “crazies,” often accompanied by police officers, and inpatients with some degree of mental disturbance or dementia whose behavior decompensated even further.

Though the textbook and the “expert” saw things differently than we did and ignored our point-of-view, our experience seemed to us to be a more valid indicator.

Winter Moon won’t hide.
She highlights our nakedness,
bares our poor spirits.

  • Posted for my prompt at dVerse Haibun Monday: Fuyu No Tsuki–Winter Moon. I hope to see some of you there. I would enjoy hearing any experience you have had related to the effect of the full moon on human behavior. Nurses, Doctors and Law Enforcement have their own unique insights, I believe.

33 thoughts on “Looney Moon-dVerse Haibun Monday, Fuyu No Tsuki, Winter Moon

  1. merrildsmith says:

    I’ve had heard nurse friends say this, too, about the moon.
    Son-in-law is in nursing school. I’ll have to see what he encounters. 🙂

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  2. I trust your instincts too Victoria – some people are very sensitive to the moon cycles and a full moon can intensify what is already there. It affected some of the horses I used to ride too. A beautiful haibun xxx

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  3. Experience is the greatest teacher, indeed Victoria! Your instincts are more of an indicator that a textbook in many cases. Love this haibun!

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  4. rothpoetry says:

    Great post Victoria. My wife was a nurse in Labor and Delivery and would concur with you about the affects of the moon. Full moon sometimes brings out the negative in us as well. Nurses know better!

    Dwight

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  5. Singledust says:

    i love your haiku and it says exactly how i feel when the moon exerts her power over us mere mortals. I like reading about your past experience, my mother was a nurse and she had traumatic full moon night shifts too. thank you for sharing this story!

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  6. memadtwo says:

    All the seasons and changes of the natural world affect us; we just don’t pay attention to it anymore, having put barriers in-between. (K)

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  7. Sabio Lantz says:

    Just because the majority believe something, don’t make it true. In fact, for me, this even brings suspicion. BUT, we know belief in fictions is a powerful thing. “psychiatric nurses who believed in the lunar effect wrote more notes about patients’ peculiar behavior than did nurses who did not believe in this effect.”
    See this fun Scientific American Article.
    https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/lunacy-and-the-full-moon/
    I worked in Emergency Departments for decades, and am familiar with the desire to belief clouding the truth in everything from moons, to politics, to religions, to abusive spouses.
    Ah the power of the human mind

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  8. There’s nothing like empirical evidence.

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  9. Nurses are generally right, I find…:)

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  10. maria says:

    Oh, yes. Wonderfully written and I couldn’t agree more. Thank you for the lovely prompt today, Victoria. I am excited to read the rest. 😀

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  11. […] response to dVerse’s Haibun Monday: Fuyu No Tsuki hosted by Victoria C. Slotto. Technically, we do not have winter in my part of the Earth. But we do share the same moon, right? […]

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  12. scillagrace says:

    The full moon here last week was so beautiful on the snow white landscape – at 6:45 AM as I was driving Steve to work! The sun just rising in the east, the full moon in the west over a wintry, wooded hillside. It could easily have caused a dozen vehicular accidents if other drivers had looked up and been as awestruck like I was. Luckily, I made it home safely, but I wish I’d had a camera with me!

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  13. Oh yes, the tides and the moon affect us. I care for the elderly. I have seen it many times. Nice haiku

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  14. Vivian Zems says:

    The moon certainly highlights our base instincts and functions. I know exactly what you mean. I believe the full moon affects us all…some more than others.

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  15. I have certainly seen my students act up during the full moon through the years! Great haibun, Victoria! Thanks!

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  16. My grandmother said the same thing – she worked in my grandfather’s dental office. The full-moon brings out darkness to the surface. Ideally so we can see it and work on It. But, it doesn’t always work that way.

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  17. whimsygizmo says:

    She pulls the tides. How could she not also effect us humans? I relate to this, Victoria.

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  18. Grace says:

    I see that the full moon is still the same full moon; no effect on me. But I can believe that some emotions and decisions can be made differently when the moon is at its peak. I guess each one is just different.

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  19. I agree with your nursing wisdom, as a teacher full moon and wild weather always results in fractious students and restless lessons.

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  20. wolfsrosebud says:

    … and do you remember when they said there was no such thing as PMS… nice read under the full moon… makes us see better

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  21. I’m rather like Bjorn. The full moon is enough to keep me away and constantly going to the window to track her course.

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  22. Frank Hubeny says:

    I think there is a full moon effect. Gravity may have something to do with it, but that pattern should be daily, not monthly. The moon goes through the Earth’s magnetotail for six days around the full moon which is what I think might account for it even more than gravity.

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  23. annell4 says:

    A wonderful write, which seems so true. Loved the prompt.

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  24. kim881 says:

    Thank you for the loony-moon prompt, Victoria, and for this lunar/stellar haibun.

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  25. kanzensakura says:

    I am a long time howler-at-the-moon. I know that in the nursing home where my mom was, we always a knew a full moon was in place: people restless, argumentative, people dying….say what the experts will, I think their opinions are bogus. Have known it all my life. A great haibun Victoria and the haiku is so true and beautiful in its truth.

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    • Having spent time nursing in a long term care facility years ago, I could write a book about some of the things I saw. One that stands out, though, was a lovely, helpful gentleman who watered our plastic plants with his catheter. :0)

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      • kanzensakura says:

        How sweet of him. There was a lovely lady (who died shortly after my mom) that would save her bread from meals so that she could be wheeled outside and drop it on the sidewalk to feed the birds. I often wheeled both she and my mom outside so they could both feed the birds. The dining personnel often would save a leftover biscuit or two for them to put out as well.

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  26. I have never felt any influence from the moon, but I can clearly understand that the full moon shining into your room might keep you awake… and lack of sleep can make you crazy… there can be very plausible explanations. love the thought of lunacy though.

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