Hello all. It is Toni once again on the Haibun Trail. Summer is slowly winding down and this morning, there was a tad bit of cool in the air – which has long since dissipated! My prompt for you all today, will hopefully make you smile and take you back to middle or high school….what did you do on your summer vacation?
Remember those days of school when the teachers always gave you the assignment “What I Did On My Summer Vacation” ? I’d listen to kids and later teens droning on and on of visiting grandparents in Wisconsin for the summer, or the family trip to Boone and taking rides on the Tweetsie Railroad or going to Ocean Drive or Myrtle Beach. Sometimes the family trip would be going out west to the Grand Canyon or Yellowstone. Sometimes it would be a thrilling trip to New York City or Charleston. And sometimes, it would be just staying at home and hanging out over the summer with friends, going to the pool, playing tennis all summer long. If you are retired, then write about a past vacay or what you did all summer. I’m retired but I still did stuff!
What I would like for you all to do is to write a classic haibun (one to three tight paragraphs) with a classic haiku with a seasonal word (it is summer so a season word should be easy). You can write it in your own words or as if you were a child or high school or college student. You can write about a vacation you took years ago. Just follow these rules please:
- One to three tight paragraphs
- End with a classic haiku using a seasonal word
- Must be true
- Must have actually happened to you
Easy peasy allergy sneezy – Share with us what you did this summer or twenty summers ago. It can be funny, sad, factually precise or…Or, if like me, you prefer to take your vacays in the fall or winter, write about that please. For example, my husband always gives me the gift of two weeks at the beach in January. That is my vacation.
Put a link on your page directing readers to here. Read and comment on others’ work – please don’t just link and run. This is how we learn about others and their adventures. Post the direct link to your haibun on Mr. Linky. AND….have fun!
Oh yeah…..Happy Total Eclipse Day!!!!
About Toni Spencer (hayesspencer): blogs on Kanzensakura, Word Press – I garden, watch the birds, can veggies and fruits, write poetry, and have been studying/teaching/writing Japanese poetic forms for 30+ years.
Hi Toni and all you dVerse poets on the Haibun Trail! I hope your week has started well and am anticipating some interesting haibun this Monday.
Björn Rudberg (brudberg) said:
Happy Monday… great to write about some of the snapshots I took… look forward to the memories you will bring to the bar.
Hi everyone! Happy Total Eclipse of the Sun in the US! I have been watching and oohing and aaahing. It is so strange but for about 10 minutes (before during after) the eclipse, it was total silence – no sound of birds or insects…then it all exploded!
Apparently we are supposed to be having a partial eclipse now but it’s so cloudy nothing can be seen. It is quite dark already.
The eclipse is travelling!!!
Frank Hubeny said:
It is interesting that birds and insects are silent during this time. It was overcast where we were (north of Chicago).
I had heard that animals would do that during an eclipse and had read of other instances. It was neat to witness it for myself
Björn Rudberg (brudberg) said:
I would loved to experience an eclipse… but alas it’s too often too cloudy…
I imagine it is. It is often sunny here – and hot!!! I’ll be glad when it starts to be November and gets cool again.
Welcome everyone! Soooooo…..what did you do?
It was a partial eclipse, which meant nothing to us here in Ontario. Good for the US to get the total darkness experience.
Summer of 2017 is unforgettable for me. Love it and wouldn’t mind going back again. Happy Monday.
I was wondering about areas to the north of the US regarding the eclipse. I am glad you had a great summer and can hardly wait to read about it.
Frank Hubeny said:
Thanks for hosting, Toni! I wrote what we did last Saturday which is still part of summer for us.
Happy Haibun Monday everyone and thank you for hosting Toni! The eclipse sounds amazing, I witnessed it in London many years ago and everything went still for a few minutes there too. I have already posted six posts this month about our wee holiday so today I am linking a haibun I posted earlier today about a walk in the glen this morning. Have a great day/evening everyone and I will swing by in a moment to read :o) xxx
Happy haibun Monday everyone. We were glued to our television watching the total eclipse travel across the US — not the same as being there but still amazing to see places go from bright light to darkness! In Boston we had only about 60% of the eclipse so although our windows dimmed a bit, it wasn’t that big of a change.
Looking forward to experiencing some vacations with all of you!
I wrote about our road trip this past week…..not far from home but so very different in pace and setting.
I went outside and took pics of it. Amazing. We only got to see some partial but it was still incredible. it did go dark as in a cloudy day. I should post some of the photos.
I have an emergency and must go for awhile. I will be back to continue to read and respond to comments and the haibun. Please forgive me if I am late responding but this cannot be helped.
Hello. I am back. My husband had a series of seizures and is in hospital being tested. He told me to come back here to be with you all. He is a brave lad.
Sorry to read this….Hope he is fine.
They are doing tests. He will call me when they are through but they want to keep him at least overnight. Poor guy.
The test results are back. They are clueless…
That is challenging….sometimes it’s a game of elimination.
No comments – nuttin’ honey. So I wasn’t missed! Great!
Sorry, was busy reading poems even from last week. Lots of catching up.
When one is away, there is a dreadful amount of catching up to do. When I went on hiatus, I didn’t bother, only with the few where I actually posted a poem or two.
Dr. Crystal Howe said:
Great prompt, Toni! I always think I won’t do the haibun, but usually end up intrigued enough to try. I’m glad I do! 🙂
I am glad you do as well! Your haibun are always enjoyable.
It’s getting late and time for dinner so I will leave you all to go visit my husband. I will be back to read haibun and comments. There is a huge container of fresh lime-ade on the counter of the bar. Help yourselves!
I am having MAJOR problems with my mouse. I hope to solve it and make comments tomorrow. Looking forward to reading about everyone’s adventures.
I hope so too Bev. Puter problems can put one into a snit, can’t they?
They will check his brain scan again when the “expert” comes on duty tomorrow am. Personally, I think it was just a series of unfortunate events. Several years ago I had horrible flu – and coughing. I ended up having about 5 small seizures – when I coughed the muscles in my throat tightened against my carotids and cut off oxygen. My body “rebooted” itself is how it was explained to me. One just doesn’t always know.
paul scribbles said:
Morning all. Love the prompt. It is a beautiful sunny Cornish morning and so me and my love are off tramping around the coast. I’ve penned a quick poem with my coffee and I’ll read and comment later today. Have fun y’all.
Ahhhh, tramping around the Cornish coast…lovely!