There they are under warming soil and roots,
wriggling and writhing their way up
to turn pointy faces or bums
(you can’t tell which)
to the eponymous moon.
But they’re wrong. Lunar worms
are lavae of American beetles
spotted waking from frost
by the Naudowessie people each March.
Their North Dakotan neighbours call it
Sore Eyes Moon
for the dazzle as sun ricochets off snow.
It’s also known as Sap Moon, as it rises,
and Crow Moon, as they return.
Names that suit the season’s turn.
So, let’s hear it for
Thinks Better Of Putting The Big Coat Away Moon.