cicada song

Posting this haibun for dVerse Poets as we bid a long goodbye to sweet summertime.  Toni is hosting with an emphasis on “komorebi”, a Japanese word for the light that filters between trees…enjoy!


Our firstborn son’s house sits on a hill with a woodsy backyard and inviting patio where we celebrated mother’s day last spring. Now we embark on a final summer bike ride before our oldest grandchild starts school. It requires a little time and patience to find everyone’s helmet and shoes before hitching up the toddler carrier and deciding our route. To avoid riding on the busy narrow street, I and the two boys take a shortcut over grassy properties between shrubbery to meet grandpa and dad near the bike path.

My middle grandson points the way to “our lake” and we head down the steep path, gaining speed and testing brakes alternately. After a couple curves, the lake is in view below us. Wildflowers border the smooth concrete which ends at a dirt trail leading into the trees. Some tri-leaf plants look suspiciously like poison ivy so I google it while waiting with grandson for the other riders to catch up. His helmet is too loose and flops sideways again so I tighten the straps.

It’s gratifying to watch our son with his children at the lakeside park as he explores with them. We notice frogs of various sizes in the mud and a painted turtle on a submerged branch. My husband sits at lone picnic table with granddaughter as I try to keep up with the boys while maintaining a safe distance from a cattail swamp.

The sun plays hide and seek with puffy clouds above us and something, perhaps a fish, jumps as evidenced by the concentric rings expanding outward across the quiet water. The water too is partly cloudy, with some algael growth around its edges and a muddy bottom that gets stirred up by slightest movement of crawdad or minnow. A painted-lady butterfly flits from late dandelion head to wild morning glory bloom.


loud strumming in tree


photo by lynn

camouflaged musician of

summer’s symphony

13 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Imelda
    Sep 13, 2017 @ 18:23:05

    Your haibun speaks od a lovely time and place.


  2. Margaret Elizabeth Bednar
    Sep 11, 2017 @ 11:40:49

    Simple pleasures with family make the best memories!


  3. janicead
    Sep 10, 2017 @ 14:11:45

    Looks like a beautiful day with the Grands and their day!


  4. Grace
    Sep 10, 2017 @ 07:52:17

    Such a lovely family get together Lynn ~ Enjoyed the details of the scene and that photo of a cicada, indeed a camoflagued musician ~


  5. writerwannabe763
    Sep 07, 2017 @ 21:49:35

    What a beautiful descriptive story…. Diane


  6. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)
    Sep 06, 2017 @ 23:09:57

    Love the way you blend your expedition with your family and that of nature.


  7. Frank Hubeny
    Sep 06, 2017 @ 09:36:56

    Nice description of your family’s biking and day at the park. The people present help keep the memories fresh.


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