Summertime Inspirations #haibun #haiku #Tastetherainbow

In my fledgling author career, I have found that summer months yield the bulk of my productivity. The summer inspires me most, so today I share just a hint of where summer can take me.

season of my mind
consolidates creations
chasing pots of gold

On the fifth day of the fifth month, I slosh from dewy spring into days of dry sun. It is ironic that heavy rains hail summer days, and cruel, that thunderstorms wipe away all traces of spring’s lingering sparkle. In ancient tradition, this was a time when the boy became a man, when the spike antlered into an elk, and the young lion-males were cast out of the pride. A time for first kills, first battles, first lovers…

paint of new summer
crimson for blood beginnings
Orion wakens

On the sixth day of the sixth moon, as proud sunflowers bask and lush wisteria bloom, I welcome mid-summer and seek the lotus of Iris; a symbolic gift for a daughter turning woman. At this time of summer solstice, I remember the crusaders who once sought to Christianize these pagan celebrations. For on this solstice, the Past shades its biased garb for revealing nudity, and I see clearly the Science of great women burnt as witches, and secrecy of young queens who sacrificed love to bring peace to their bloody realms…

mid-summer solstice
noon’s siesta abandoned
maiden voyages

On the seventh day of the seventh moon, the heat peaks, but for a lone gust of wind with cooling hints of autumn. It makes me ponder the inevitability of change, and the hope, or at times fear, that no situation is permanent. At this time the heavens are open to those who wish to divine them. It is said that amongst the stars blue is hottest, that white is warm and yellow is mellow, but coolest of all is red. So I scour the night sky for scarlets and rubies and cherries – for always in shades of red, my deepest emotions reside.

late chrysanthemums
sweet gifts of summer’s parting
festivals of fire

I chose red for Colleen’s #Tastetherainbow and wove it throughout this piece because for me, inspiration to create is directly linked to passion, and red is passion’s primary colour.

©judeitakali

Hope you enjoy
Stay safe, stay loving.

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42 responses to “Summertime Inspirations #haibun #haiku #Tastetherainbow”

  1. Felt and enjoyed the colorful journey! Terrific energy building up to red, but each one is a great stand-alone piece.

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    1. Thank you so much Annette. i wanted to represent the diversity of summer’s inspiration with different directions, but also to join them into one piece linked with red and the new, mid, and late summer haiku, to show how inspiration can lead to creating something.🙏🏾🤍

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  2. I enjoyed all of these poems, Jude. Such wonderful description 💕🙂

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    1. Thank you so much Harmony. It means a lot that you enjoyed this.

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  3. Wonderful poem Jude. May you create more

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    1. Thank you so much, Sadje🤗🤍

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      1. You’re welcome

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  4. You’ve created your own mythology. Wonderful! (K)

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    1. Haha, I wish. I actually based everything on existing myth and history and culture and some real science as well. I just added maybe one element and had my own interpretations.

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  5. This was beautiful, Jude. You described each month perfectly, and I loved every haiku. 🙂

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    1. Thank you so much Yvette. 😊

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  6. Wow, beautiful shades of red and haiku on it, Jude. In colour psychology red means fire 🔥. It is a beautiful primary colour. Using these primary colours we can prepare secondary colours. For example: red + yellow – Orange 😊

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    1. Thank you so much Jane. I thought I’d lose myself to some relaxing prose, and haiku are always so much fun.😊🤍

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      1. You’re always welcome, Jude! You are right. After stress (study) one has to relax and if that person does his favorite thing then the stress goes away quickly. Agree, haiku is always fun😊

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  7. It’s completely pouring buckets here as well and I’ve had a million outdoor projects that I needed to tackle. I can feel the frustration with the weather and I can 100% relate. It is stunning though!

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    1. Thank you so much. Haiku are my favourite syllabic form because of their ability to convey simple and deeper messages at the same time. Prose is really fun to manipulate and I think that makes Haibun my absolute most enjoyable form. You may need to get out some umbrellas and do those utdoor activities😁

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      1. Farm stuff has to be done so yes we will be doing outdoor activities whether or rains or not 🤪

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  8. Each poem builds to the next in a beautiful way, Jude. The colors and passions are alive. Well done!

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    1. Thank you so much for appreciating Gwen. It really does mean a lot.

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    2. Btw Gwen, I can never access your posts on the blenza lists

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  9. This is very nice, Jude. Very vivid.

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    1. Thank you so much Robbie.🤗

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  10. Oh? Wow! This is beautiful 💜

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    1. Thank you so much, willow🤍

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  11. Gorgeous piece with beautiful pairing of prose and haiku. The flow throughout is perfect! ❤️

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    1. Ah thank you Eugi. I actually never realised how fun writing a haibun is.

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      1. Most welcome, Jude!

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  12. You writing is wonderful. I liked your post very much. Thank you for sharing.

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    1. Thank you so much for the appreciation and compliment.

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  13. This is awesome, Jude! I enjoyed it very much. 🙂

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    1. Thank you so much, Sri.

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  14. Beautiful synchronisation of events that herald the summers and the analogies and haikus were very interesting.

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    1. Thank you so much indishe. I had fun layering those haiku with quite a number of meanings.

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  15. Jude, this is excellent! I love to see you embracing your pagan side. LOL! This would be a cool introduction to your next book. This all flows with a lovely rhythm. ❤

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    1. haha i don’t think I have a pagan side, but I do have a universally understanding or accepting spiritual side.

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      1. Aww we all have a Pagan side to us. That knowledge and spirituality came from our ancestors. Being attuned to the earth, moon, and the stars is all we need. ❤

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    2. However, don’t you worry about the next book’s introduction. I’m tight-lipped now but I more than do it justice, I believe😇

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  16. There are so many traditions in regards to colors and transitioning seasons. I enjoyed reading your interpretations.

    Granted where I am no lions seek their first kills… but summer can be a challenging time, the gift of extra daylight (Here anyway) – the rapid growth of weeds and insects that bite. And too the very human tradition of June Weddings!!

    May your summer be filled with glorious inspiration!!

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    1. Haha, I too don’t have lions waiting outside my door though the game reserves and parks are always just a few hours away. Weeds and biting insects are all year round here though I must say not too many that it’s a problem. In fact I don’t remember the last time an insect bit me, excluding mosquitoes which are night time regulars. We’ve found ways to deal with those in houses but on warm nights outside, you’ll become a feast for them😅

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      1. There is a tree in my yard; horse chestnut I think – (not good for horses at all) the fruit is difficult to get to, though the squirrels do manage. Some of the underdeveloped nuts have fallen. The outer shell has some oil like citronella which will repell some insects. I took a small net bag and collected some of the nuts that have fallen on the ground. I hung them near where I was working in my yard… I’m hoping it helps to keep the biters away. 🙂

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