Country roads beckon on sunny Sunday afternoon. Put on farm cap and sunglasses, grab water bottle and hop into open jeep, painted red for fun. The warm sun smiles down on husband and wife as we bounce along past scenes of cud-chewing cows and cornfields.

Congenial conversation shortens our trek to a state park. We park jeep to hike trail which meanders along rock cliffs, laughing waterfalls, and the deep-pooled river. Walk up sweet sweat. Admire wildflowers, glimpse elusive deer, and discover a painted turtle.

We pause next to low stone dam where bullheads mingle towards evening. Hear gentle sound of water spilling over, see sunlight filter through trees to sparkle on river’s surface, and soak in this one shining moment, hand in hand.


leafy glade’s green growth—
natural sabbatical
under God’s heaven


Join Lillian at dVerse poetics for a traditional haibun/haiku challenge!

8 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Camie
    Jul 09, 2020 @ 04:42:24

    I love outings like this!


  2. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)
    Jun 23, 2020 @ 15:35:23

    I think shared moments with your love and nature is one of the best things in life. I hope there are many such shining moments for you


  3. janicead
    Jun 23, 2020 @ 12:06:38

    One of the best parts of marriage, Jeep rides together! We have a ’99 Wrangler.


  4. lillian
    Jun 23, 2020 @ 10:30:45

    I love this post! I am right there with you on this walk…your description is detailed so I can feel myself with you….I love the laughing waterfalls….and how fun to have a red jeep! That statement “hop into open jeep, painted red for fun” gives us a peek into your personality 🙂 And oh yes….to experience this walk hand in hand with another, that is one shining moment indeed!
    Loved the haku too. The hyphen shifts us from simply a description of a particular place to the writer’s feelings about nature itself in the broader sense. Well done!
    PS: Now please just add the tag to dVerse….this helps others find us and adds more readers for your posts too. I think you just forgot.


  5. lillian
    Jun 23, 2020 @ 10:25:58

    Oops….I think you forgot to tag dVerse or identify that the prompt is from dVerse? Unless I’m just not seeing it? Can you double check and if you’ve not coded it with dVerse, add a tag? Many thanks….and now I’ll read it and post a response to the post itself. 🙂


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