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Jolly Moon

The Harvest Moon, the full moon that closely follows the autumnal equinox,

rises just thirty minutes after sunset for several days in a row

shining brightly enough upon the earth for farmers to harvest their crops

by its light (hence the name), keeps the world lit up through the evening

for those special nights, lovely enough for the evening strollers,

spooners and skygazers yes but perhaps not for a tired farmer who

might just as soon have a very good excuse to go into the small house,

eat a hearty supper, read a book by lamplight, and go trundling

off to bed in the cool autumnal dark of late September.

Every lovely thing has its range of consequences, as we all know,

even a big round jolly moon peeking over the horizon early.