Summer – Haibun by Paul Vincent Cannon

At dVerse Frank is hosting Haibun (prose plus haiku) with an invitation to write about summer.

dVerse Poets – Haibun – Summer


“Deep summer is when laziness finds respectability.” Sam Keen


From my youngest days this has always been a time when the earth catches fire, when my skin burns and I can feel the strength of the air around me pushing down as it falls to the ground. My breathing is heavier , though I move from shade to shade I cannot escape the heat of this day. Even the cicada chorale chant at the sun is to no avail, the light blindsides me bouncing off every surface, dazzling, relentless.

It feels like a furnace, the garden bows after noon, the bitumen is melting, my shirt is dark down the middle of my back. But this is no time for whingeing, this is the time to pack away the winter blues, open the windows, throw off my layers, sit out at night watching the stars, light the BBQ and party like there's no tomorrow.

The sun is rising 
house is already on fire
but there is no smoke

Copyright 2022 ©Paul Vincent Cannon
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Filed under Haibun, Haiku, life, prose, seasons

14 responses to “Summer – Haibun by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. The heat there is similar to ours, but I lack your energy, Paul! 🙂

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  2. I say CHEERS to throwing opening the windows, lingering on the porch at dusk, counting stars … breathing deeply the fragrant summer air. Great poem.

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  3. What a great haibun. The haiku is evocative!


  4. Here’s hot summer days! Hurray!!


  5. I can still remember my first trip to Florida in July, when it was so hot that I thought my skin was melting.


  6. Summer heat is my least favorite part of Missouri. At least its “flexible,” coming in waves.

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    • I must say I love all the seasons, but summer has its charms more than others, I dislike the extremes of temp here, but love the warm, clear days, here it isn’t flexible at all, just a wall of heat.

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  7. I also love the poem, as a really also love the summer. 🙂 xx Michael

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    • I’m jealous we have to wait four months now for warm weather to return, autumn has been wonderful but winter is coming (nothing like yours though).


  8. lync56

    I love the turn in this poem and so relate to this experience


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