shades of azul

-idea and image from Carpe Diem Haiku Kai

andes glacial melt

rocky rim of turquoise lake

mountains pierce azure

 

 

Paron_Lake

Paron Lake, Peru

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

IMG_4536

photo by lynn

camouflaged musician of

summer’s symphony

seven summer series

 

farmer mowing grass

nesting killdeer scold and swoop

wild roses blush pink

 *   *   *

humidity soars

spirals of corn reaching up

thunder rumbles rain

*   *   *

smell of fresh cut hay

cattle swishing tails at flies

farm wife hoes garden

*   *   *

camping in state park

birdsong floats on morning breeze

cotton flies from trees

*   *   *

biking lakefront trail

past fishermen on pier

slow goose crosses path

*   *   *

evening slowly fades

lamps illuminate old bridge

reflect on river

*   *   *

daylight awakens

glad summer sunday morning

voices raise in praise

cry after recalling rain

 

Screen Shot 2017-06-26 at 8.01.45 PM

 

I admit to selecting more (and more) words to complete this magnetic poem.

European tour: Lithuania

Chèvrefeuille at Carpe Diem Haiku Kai hosts virtual tour of Europe this month.

 

connecting bridges

picturesque village on lake

sail through history

 

Trakai_pilis

Trakai Island Castle (wikipedia)

European tour: Finland


Chèvrefeuille at Carpe Diem Haiku Kai hosts virtual tour of Europe this month.

 

north’s pristine water

clarity of thousandth lake

trees dive where clouds swim

 

finland1

(photo credit: CDHK)

gone fishing

 

by cold mountain lake

among whispering pines

father helps bait hook

 


Inspired by Ubugu’s haiku featured at CDHK 

shoukan (less cold)

Linking to Carpe Diem Haiku Kai prompt here…

IMG_8906

 

ice skate frozen lake

                                evergreen colorado

winter day no wind