There’s a bad moon on the rise…

A 2 am photo of the moon ….

Since this photo was taken, the lyrics of Creedence Clearwater Revival’s famous song have been lurking in my head. Does that ever happen to you? Something seen or heard triggers a musical memory that becomes nearly impossible to shake? In all my years, I’d never seen a moon with a red halo and a weird, angry scowl like this one. It was huge and eerie. It definitely looked like a “bad” moon, a bad omen.

I was wide awake on June 23 and had just taken this photo, which had me feeling uneasy when my phone rang. A 2:09 am phone call is seldom good news. This one was my sister-in-law, telling me my brother had just passed away after a two decade battle with Parkinson’s. We will lay him to rest today.

I am wide awake again early this morning, hoping for a lovely sunrise to dispell some of the moon’s effect, but it’s foggy and there’s a storm and rain in the forecast. Right now it’s exceptionally still. No bird song greeting the new day, not a hint of breeze to rustle the leaves. I’m searching for a new song in an attempt to replace CCR, but my mind just seems stuck…”I see the bad moon a-rising. I see trouble on the way. I see hurricanes and lightning. I see bad times today.” “Don’t go around tonight. It’s bound to take your life. There’s a bad moon on the rise.”


About carolee

A former professional herb and lavender grower, now just growing for joy in my new potager. When I'm not in the garden, I'm in the kitchen, writing, or traveling to great gardens.
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32 Responses to There’s a bad moon on the rise…

  1. Julie I says:

    Wow, that is an angry moon but a great photo. I’m so sorry for your loss! I think our bodies/minds know when someone we love has passed away before you get the call. Sometimes it’s like the feeling you get before a tornado or other bad weather when there is a sudden barometric change. The feeling hangs over you until something is resolved and the air feels fesh and clear. I hope by now your grief is easing….

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  2. Rose East says:

    It’s odd how sometimes we just *know* that something is up. I’m sorry to hear about your brother’s passing. May the storms clear quickly and may your days fill with birdsong again soon enough.

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  3. sorry to hear of your loss. Nature has a way of letting us know when something is array. Take care.


  4. bcparkison says:

    Hang in there…Tomorrow hopefully will be better.


  5. swesely says:

    I’m sorry for your loss. I hope your gardens provide some comfort to you in the days ahead.


  6. Lauren says:

    I’m so sorry for your loss. And that weird “knowing” something is amiss in the world… it’s odd how that happens sometimes and is so deeply unsettling


  7. Rita Shields says:

    I’m so very sorry, Carolee. May your brother rest in peace, and may you take comfort from your gardens our dear Mother Earth.


    • carolee says:

      My brother was suffering so, that it was a blessing for him to go, but hard to acknowledge it was a final good-bye, especially for my mother. Thank you for your thoughts.


  8. Heather F. says:

    So much sympathy for your loss. Wishing you peace, and a more comforting song to stick in your mind.


  9. Luffy says:

    So sorry to hear about the death of your brother.


  10. Going Batty in Wales says:

    I’m very sorry to hear about your brother’s death. That moon does look scary and appropriate for what happened later. I hope the sun comes out soon and the birds start to sing again. Take care. Sending big hugs.


  11. So very sorry for your loss.


  12. Beth says:

    The middle of the night phone call usually isn’t good news. I’m so sorry for your loss and pray you will be comforted in the coming days.


  13. sidegategarden says:

    I am so very sorry to hear your sad news. I know that feeling of raw pain so well. Your garden and happy memories will help you to heal. Sending lots of love x


  14. Plotdaze says:

    I’m so very sorry for your loss. x


  15. inkspeare says:

    My sincere condolences. Losing a loved one is very sad. I hope you find comfort in the beauty that surrounds you. May God bless you.


  16. Peg says:

    So sorry for your loss, Parkinson’s is an awful disease. I’ve always found that spending time in Nature is very comforting.


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