sunny days // {summer of stories #4}

Summer’s lease hath all too short a date.
― William Shakespeare, Shakespeare’s Sonnets

sunny pangs of hope
flood these streets – nightingales’
hymns against gay laughs

breeze against the sun,
days spent in gleeful freedom,
ice cream all day long

vacations galore;
bucket lists to make; live by –
embracing one’s soul

summer – comes and goes
monotony; to return
yet hearts joyful thrive.

Summertime is always the best of what might be.
― Charles Bowden

The first haiku was written in response to the final prompt of the Summer of Stories contest – ‘Write a haiku about why you love summer‘.

I’ve never actually written a haiku before. I did use a syllable counter but I’ve probably made mistakes. Please feel free to point them out! I’d appreciate any help! Also, I’d love to read your takes on the above prompt too and hopefully learn more about writing a good haiku, haha!

Thoughtfully yours,

26 thoughts on “sunny days // {summer of stories #4}

  1. Der Sommer
    ist zur Feuerhölle geworden
    Frauen und Männer
    werden das tun
    was ihnen gut tut
    in der Umarmung
    Eis gegen die Hitze
    hilft nicht gegen
    gegen verdorrte Gedanken
    der Urlaub
    in die Ferne
    wird für viele zum Trauma
    die Freude
    kommt nicht hoch
    bei den Armen
    die Sommerzeit
    wird vielen
    langsam zum vorzeitigen Tod


  2. Ooh, I’m glad you think so! Writing a haiku took way too long than a regular poem, and it’s way shorter than one too 😂
    Thanks so much for taking the time to read and comment! Happy Sunday!🤗 ❤️

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  3. Yay! It makes me so happy to hear that, Ana – especially since I hadn’t tried writing a haiku before 😂 Thank you so much for your constant encouragement!❤️

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  4. Oh, that’s a good one! But I think there are 8 syllables in the second line? Either way, it’s a sweet haiku!👏✨
    I prefer winter over summer but vacations in the summer are always the best, haha!
    Thanks so much for reading and sharing your haiku!
    Happy Sunday!🌞

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  5. Haha, yay! I’m glad you liked it! I absolutely agree!🙌 I think I like summer because of how it’s like the end and the beginning of a school year? It’s such a lovely break to do whatever you like!😂
    Thank you so much for reading, Zainab!❣️

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  6. Good point. I made that up very quickly in my head. “Favorite” in my part of the US is usually pronounced with two syllables, but you’re right, much of the world pronounces it with three (and spells it favourite). Maybe I should have done the Shakespeare thing and written “fav’rite” instead.

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  7. Hmm that’s interesting! I didn’t realise syllables could vary but it makes sense since pronunciations vary according to the place. Thanks for bringing attention to it – learned something new!
    That would have been cool! But I’d probably still read it as ‘favourite’! 😂

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  8. Yeah… sometimes unstressed syllables just disappear. Another example I can think of, I’ve heard some people pronounce “literally” with three syllables, like “lit-tral-ly,” with the second syllable starting with the same combined “tr” sound as in the word truck, but I’ve always pronounced it with the full four syllables, lit-er-al-ly. And it bothers me when people say it with three syllables, mostly because someone I knew who wasn’t very nice to me a long time ago always said it that way… haha. (I also tend to elide the T in literally, so it sounds more like lid-der-al-ly, another common speech pattern in my part of the US that isn’t done in much of the English-speaking world, but that’s a different issue.)

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  9. I think I usually pronounce it with the four syllables unless I’m speaking very fast in which case, I pronounce it with the three syllables 😂
    Yeah, I’ve actually heard that before! But a lot of pronunciations tend to depend on the pace the person’s speaking. Even where I’m from, the same word can be pronounced differently depending on where they’re from and how fast they’re speaking and sometimes, to whom there speaking plays in too.

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  10. A beautiful, reflective poem, D! You have actually written four haiku. I like writing poems made up of multiple haiku, tankas, and other syllabic forms. As you discovered, t does take quite a lot of effort to write a haiku. ❤ Have a lovely week!

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  11. Thank you! ❤️ Yes, I send just the first one as my entry for the contest but felt it too short for a whole blog post, haha!
    Ooh, that’s a wonderful idea! I’ve been meaning to learn more about the different forms of poetry, so that’d be a lovely practice!
    Oof, it sure does, haha!
    You too! Thanks so much for reading and sharing your thoughts!❤️


  12. Aw thanks so much, Anne ❣️ The comments appeared to be disabled on your ‘Haiku glossary’ post and I just wanted to say I found it incredibly helpful! Thanks for writing it!

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