Wonderfully wry, Bob. And such a great observation of human nature.
As many haiku enthusiasts know, moon viewing recurs frequently in the work of Basho, Buson, Issa and even Shiki. To the Japanese, the moon is one of the three "great beauties" of the natural world, which every cultivated individual, and even ordinary Japanese, seek to experience at their aesthetic "greatest display" (the others being blooming cherry blossoms, and stars).
Your poem recalled for me some of the less "lyrical" (but therefore more "human") moon haiku of Basho and Issa:
one gets a rest
– Basho (trans. Reichhold)
on harvest moon night
greeting the moon…
– Issa (trans. Lanoue)
I really enjoyed the humour in your meteor-viewing tonight Bob – but I also savour the deeper reflections it prompts – especially in an age where flashy and fleeting fads appeal to the more superficial sky-watching enthusiasts, when every night the sky unveils a constantly lovely object of wonder and fitting icon for lovers.
I have long been a fan of you haibun Bob, and here too there is a story in the narrative. deftly told with a subtle but effective sense of humour. Its also such a wonderful comment on society as a whole… how quickly can we fall from grace. beautifully done…thank you so much for this treat.
I'm with Alan as this also made me think of that song. But it also seemed quite ironic – everyone complains about the moon, but they should really be worrying about earth. I really like this one because it is slightly unsettling.
Ah…..but both are gifts to be enjoyed! Thank you for this all-to-true capture of human nature. I will think of it every time I hear someone complain about the weather – something else humans love to harp on…..endlessly.