yokoburi at risefest

The Japanese, who invented haiku, are so “tuned in” to weather and seasonal changes that they actually have 50 different words for rain!  Yokoburi means “driving rain”, as Toni explains at dVerse Poets while serving up haibuns.


The northern sky looks dark but we clutch our tickets and lawn chairs, scanning the crowd for an open spot of grass. Undiminished by wringer of day’s work in humidity, we feel pumped for loud, driving beats of drums and bass guitar. A preliminary speaker takes the stage; her enthusiasm covers as a squall stall. Restless for concert to begin, we leave our chairs to search for supper among the vendor stands: pizza by the slice, walking tacos, churro bites, BBQ beef or bratz on bun, cookie on a stick, warm funnel cakes and cold lemonade. We chat with a mom and her stepsons at our picnic table; sharing napkins, talking about noisy boys. Then we wander back to our seats as band takes the stage, under threatening clouds. Let the music begin! Two songs in, clapping crowd is hushed by announcement to go to our cars as a storm is rolling in. A controlled chaos ensues as a thousand people simultaneously fold up camp and head for the parking lot. A strong gust of wind pushes us over tangled net fences to the relative shelter of our cars. A wild prairie storm steals show as headliner tonight.

outdoor concert rips

rain blows across tattered stage

hail drums staccato

25 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Mish
    Jun 26, 2016 @ 00:12:00

    This reminds me of a concert my husband and I went to. It started to rain and then the band sang one of their hits that was about rain. The dedicated fans remained, some even sliding in mud puddles. No lightening or thunder nearby.
    That was a fun read, Lynn…and it left me wondering about “walking tacos”.


    • lynn__
      Jun 26, 2016 @ 00:26:24

      I did n’t order walking tacos but I think it’ s taco meat, shredded cheese and lettuce put into open bag (single serving size) of Dorito chips


  2. Rosemary Nissen-Wade
    Jun 25, 2016 @ 06:29:30

    The way you wrote it was quite enthralling, and the haiku very dramatic.


  3. Josslyn Rae Turner
    Jun 23, 2016 @ 04:01:01

    Nicely written!


  4. jessicavanroekel
    Jun 22, 2016 @ 21:04:21

    love this picture! it was quite a storm!


  5. Grace
    Jun 22, 2016 @ 20:52:38

    Goodness, what a show by nature. I would get away from that prairie storm as quickly as possible. Love your response Lynn.


  6. Arcadia (@MissArcadia)
    Jun 22, 2016 @ 18:50:42

    Fun halibun


  7. katiemiafrederick
    Jun 22, 2016 @ 17:49:56

    33 Drops oF poEtry
    rains.. and aGaiN
    iT iS FriEnd
    at the
    very end..

    Now WiTh Dance.. i’LL
    pArty too witH Bands and toes..
    as poEtry Storm unwinds..;)

    Ps.. nice
    to see you2
    and God Bless..:)


  8. Bodhirose
    Jun 22, 2016 @ 16:15:46

    During our summers, this is an oh-so-common occurrence but many times, if we wait a few minutes, it will pass on through and we can take up where we left off. You painted the scene and anticipation of the concert so well, Lynn…great haiku too! Nature steals the thunder…literally!


  9. Maureen Sudlow
    Jun 22, 2016 @ 15:32:01

    full of life


  10. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)
    Jun 22, 2016 @ 15:07:53

    I think I have been in concerts where we let it rain, and the audience was dressed in rain-clothes… (Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds… they provided thunder for the rain)


  11. Victoria C. Slotto
    Jun 22, 2016 @ 12:32:51

    Oh, Lynn–the very same thing happened to us a few years ago. We did get most of the concert, though. I wrote a short story based on it.


  12. hayesspencer
    Jun 22, 2016 @ 09:33:38

    Wow such a fun scene and then….the Rain Band roars in! Love it. Sorry you didn’t get to hear the main event but glad you got to your car safely. What an adventure. Love the details of the pre-band going on here.


  13. writersdream9
    Jun 22, 2016 @ 09:19:37

    Nature’s rock and roll band! Love it!


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