Myth: Child of the Moon

I first wrote this back in May 2011, but the time didn’t feel right to post it back then. 

The Moon and Her Children
The Moon and Her Children

In the time before forms became physical and static, Hare lived in the sky with her mother, the Moon. She watched the happenings of the spirits who lived below, and she felt a pang in her heart. Hare was lonely, and while her mother’s love was powerful, she needed something more to make her feel whole. Sensing her daughter’s restlessness, Moon offered to take Hare to Earth so that she could experience life. But Moon warned her daughter:

“Hare, time on Earth is short and fleeting. Hardship goes hand in hand with joy. Everything has a price you must be willing to pay.”

Hare took little heed as she raced to the Earth she had longed to be with.

On the first day, the Moon was waxing above the Earth. Filled with the joy of new life, Hare danced as she learned the contours of her body. She sang with the fresh winds. She tasted life as she nibbled the new shoots reaching from the soil. But Moon warned her daughter:

“Hare, time on Earth is short and fleeting. Hardship goes hand in hand with joy. Everything has a price you must be willing to pay.”

On the second day, the Moon was full above the Earth. Knowing the world around her, Hare felt a contentment she had not felt before. She witnessed the threads of the web of life, and saw her place within it. She met a partner, and together they had a family. But Moon warned her daughter:

“Hare, time on Earth is short and fleeting. Hardship goes hand in hand with joy. Everything has a price you must be willing to pay.”

On the third day, the Moon was waning above the Earth. The dances of the first day were beyond Hare’s physical reach, and her children bore children, who bore children. Hunger that could not be satisfied and thirst that could not be quenched ravaged Hare’s body. Unknown to her, Wolf was watching. Wolf took Hare, and rattled Hare’s body until it was her body no longer.

Shedding tears, Hare stood by her mother’s side in the night sky, not fully understanding the sorrow she felt. But Moon had warned her daughter:

“Hare, time on Earth is short and fleeting. Hardship goes hand in hand with joy. Everything has a price you must be willing to pay.”

This time, Hare understood her mother’s words of caution. She held her close, and said:

“Mother, time on Earth is short and fleeting. Without hardship one cannot know joy. I paid the price, willingly, and was rewarded with a full life.”

Hare asked the Moon if she may return to Earth again some day, and the Moon smiled at her daughter.

Prints of “The Moon and Her Children” are available from DeviantArt. 

Author: Emma-Jayne

Lost as a wolf and raised by humans.

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