“Summer Scents,” haibun

a placid lake surrounded with lush green trees

Frank J. Tassone is hosting dVerse today. Here’s what he’s looking for:

Let’s join in the celebration of Summer! Write a haibun that alludes to this hottest of seasons.

New to haibun? The form consists of one to a few paragraphs of prose—usually written in the present tense—that evoke an experience and are often non-fictional/autobiographical. They may be preceded or followed by one or more haiku—nature-based, using a seasonal image—that complement without directly repeating what the prose stated.

New to dVerse? Here is what you do:

  • Write a haibun that alludes to Summer.
  • Post it on your personal site/blog.
  • Include a link back to dVerse in your post.
  • Copy your link onto the Mr. Linky.
  • Remember to click the small checkbox about data protection.
  • Read and comment on some of your fellow poets’ work.
  • Like and leave a comment below if you choose to do so.
  • Have fun!

During my walk today, I note the bite of the wind, as if spring somehow could rebuff summer’s torrid advances. To be fair, spring only arrived two weeks ago in my part of Michigan. She’s not had much time to show off her verdant beauty. Yet in this morning serenity, the summer humidity hovers like the finest spiderweb silk grazing my shoulders.

fragile blooms
sweet honeysuckle
summer's bee balm

© Colleen M. Chesebro


  1. Haibuniliciously deliveredColleen.
    Here in Vermont, on the Candian border, we have only the briefest Spring, one mostly marked by deeply mudded roads as the frost finally departs around the middle of May. We call it Mud Season, which precedes our two-week-long summer. Salute!


  2. Here, in Barcelona, we’ve had a very strange year. Spring arrived very late, and we seem to be having summer weather already, although it is supposed to cool down for a few days. Lovely poem, Colleen. ♥


  3. Beautifully written haibun. The smell of honeysuckle is our intro to summer. We have been sweltering her in NC last week. Rain brought needed relief over the weekend.


  4. My honeysuckle is almost all gone, but then we’ve had some days in the high 80’s and some storms to take those blossoms right off the bush!

    This morning my chance view of nature was a young deer in my back yard – I might yet go and take a photo of the prints it left in the mud in the back garden 🙂


  5. Caught a whiff of honeysuckle here today biking and it is a bit like a lightning bolt in heralding summer around here.
    “The summer humidity hovers like the finest spiderweb silk grazing my shoulders.” What a magnificent image for the upcoming season.


          1. Exactly! But also, how our fears steer our perceptions. I don’t like spiders either. But here in Michigan, there are grass spiders who weave lovely lacy webs in the grass. When the dew falls they glisten in the morning light. They are actually very pretty. I’ll try and get a photo. I’ve never seen these anywhere else I’ve lived. ❤


  6. Well summer’s about to end here. Atleast, that’s what people say, I think temperatures will continue to peak for another 2 months…but atleast we have mangoes to comfort ourselves with!


  7. Spring has arrived in Central Oregon, always a bit behind friends to the East of us … I have good friends who are moving from FL to your part of the world … and looking forward to four seasons. Enjoyed reading your Haibun!!!


  8. Spring is a fairly new guest in my neck of the woods, too (Scotland) and she comes with rain, hail, wind and the very occasional and extremely short lived sunshine. I had to dig in deep and go back to childhood memories about hot summers spent in Germany for my response to the prompt. Loved your summer haibun and the beautiful pictures.


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