off-season hey-haibun


In northern U.S., desperados (a.k.a. winter snow birds) travel off-season; heading due south/southwest in search of warmer weather.  Content to leave blowing snow and ice behind, they drive their posse of bumper-hitch campers, fifth-wheels and motorhomes on clearer roads under clearing skies.  Some set hopes on a certain destination while others simply wish to wander anywhere there’s sunshine or long arm of the law can’t reach.  After staring between jail bars at bare deciduous branches,  sightings of cacti and palm trees give welcome relief; every green or blooming plant serves delight to dulled senses.  Creativity thaws, dreams awaken, and youth renews with soothing warmth.  Here, even the animal outlaws avoid hibernation.


hazy desert heat

shadow under mesquite shrub

javelina snorts



photo by lynn


Hey, they’re saddling up for Haibun Monday at d’Verse Poets today…

22 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. katiemiafrederick
    Mar 07, 2016 @ 17:15:33

    Yes.. Spring now..
    creation activity..
    Snow birds
    back to
    land.. wheRe
    spRinG liVes
    iN human..
    SpRinG iS noW…

    soulFul refRain’s SpiRit…
    WinTer heARt oF soUL..:)

    oh.. yeah..
    hi Lynn.. iN the middle..
    late am i.. hehe.. 4now..;)


  2. Bodhirose
    Mar 02, 2016 @ 21:04:03

    I love your description of those varied snowbirds…we have plenty of them here! I don’t know that animal but it looks like some sort of wild pig of which we have plenty of those too.


  3. ihatepoetry
    Mar 02, 2016 @ 15:18:25

    Loved this from beginning to end – esp your pic of the javelina! Well done!


  4. Margaret Elizabeth Bednar
    Mar 02, 2016 @ 14:18:47

    “posse of bumper-hitch campers” and desperados, and “long arm of the law” – certainly long arm of winter! Nice prose and haiku!


  5. phoartetry
    Mar 02, 2016 @ 12:29:01

    Ah, yes, when the cold starts nipping at my heels, snow bird meets the road, southward bound. Fabulous haiku to end your well written haibun. Truly enjoyed reading this Lynn.



  6. Snakypoet (Rosemary Nissen-Wade)
    Mar 02, 2016 @ 04:40:31

    I too would like to escape the cold if I had to live in it! Entertaining haibun and beautiful photo.


  7. Adriana Citlali Ramírez
    Mar 01, 2016 @ 16:00:17

    The closing line in your prose is so clever… smiles


  8. Bryan Ens
    Mar 01, 2016 @ 14:28:40

    Love the “Outlaw animals” and the way that you describe the migration as if fleeing from the authorities 🙂


  9. Misky
    Mar 01, 2016 @ 05:56:29

    I felt my bones warming (although it’s pouring rain and blowing a gale outside).


  10. kim881
    Mar 01, 2016 @ 03:08:15

    I have only once been to the US and that was to New York. I love the image this haibun gives me – it takes me to a place I know I will never be able to visit. Thank you.


  11. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)
    Feb 29, 2016 @ 23:41:37

    I remember them filling Phoenix when I lived there for eight months, I also remember the emptiness when summer came.


  12. thotpurge
    Feb 29, 2016 @ 19:28:52

    Your haiku is wonderful.. sets a mood and describes the moment so well. One can feel the afternoon heat.


  13. Grace
    Feb 29, 2016 @ 18:28:29

    Well I would love to do the same, escape winter and go south and enjoy the heat ~ I would also feel renewed with some warmth ~ Love the haiku of desert heat Lynn ~


  14. Victoria C. Slotto
    Feb 29, 2016 @ 18:14:33

    So, I guess I’m one of those desperados…fleeing the snow and ice for this beautiful sunshine and (this week) 90 degree weather. Grateful!


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