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Welcome, poets! I am Frank J. Tassone, your host for Haibun Monday, when we write haibun—that blend of prose-poetry and haiku. Today, let’s consider the warmest season of the year: Summer!

Why Summer, you ask? A fair question, considering that the Summer Solstice is just under a month away. Well, to begin with, many traditional, lunar calendars begin summer on the first of May. According to these calendars, the Summer Solstice is Midsummer’s Day. Additionally, the United States holiday of Memorial Day, which happens next week, marks the unofficial beginning of Summer throughout the country. Beaches, Amusement Parks, and other summertime fun businesses open for the season then. Plus, the northeastern US just experienced a heatwave. The outside temperature peaked at 90 degrees Fahrenheit!

Yes, some scorching days will come. So will the fullness of green leaves, the bloom of annuals, and the radiance of long days. The white foam on hot sand from constant tides, the delightful screams of riders on roller coasters, the pleasure of ice cream on hot afternoons: the delights of summer abound!

Consider how some Haijin celebrate this season:

finally summer vacation . . .

walking barefoot

above the hills

     — Eufemia Griffo

beach holiday —

my daughter’s faith

in sand castles

     — Arvinder Kaur

come summer

the call of the breeze

on my priority

     — Angelo Ancheta 

from Haiku in the Workplace: Summer Vacation Plans

Let’s join in the celebration of Summer! Write a haibun that alludes to this hottest of seasons.

New to haibun? The form consists of one to a few paragraphs of prose—usually written in the present tense—that evoke an experience and are often non-fictional/autobiographical. They may be preceded or followed by one or more haiku—nature-based, using a seasonal image—that complement without directly repeating what the prose stated.

New to dVerse? Here is what you do:

  • Write a haibun that alludes to Summer.
  • Post it on your personal site/blog.
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  • Read and comment on some of your fellow poets’ work.
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  • Have fun!