Hot summer haiku

We’ve been experiencing a heat wave here in Vancouver, which has left everyone in my house (people, dog and cats) lying around sweating (or panting), unable to move or think. Today, the temperature has dropped just enough to give us a bit of a reprieve and allow me to stay for more than a few minutes in my sauna of an office as well as muster up enough energy to record some of the haiku that emerged out of the heat.

First, here’s one I wrote back in early June:

early summer heat
unwelcome guest in our house
the dog pants all night


And during this week’s  heat:

so many windows
open in the summer heat
spilling people’s lives


empty yellow grass
splashed by blue-winged Steller’s jay
beak full of peanut


heavy summer heat
no breeze through open windows
the night train’s whistle


fat slice of orange moon
behind smog and forest fire smoke
terrible beauty


And here’s the surrealistically orange sunset from the night the heat wave started:

July sunset

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12 Responses to “Hot summer haiku”

  1. Crafty Green Poet Says:

    what a wonderful sunset photo….

    its been rain that has defined July for us here, rather than heat….

  2. Rochelle Says:

    company coming
    stirring people here and there
    making summer fun.

  3. Rochelle Says:

    I really enjoyed your haikus – appropriate for the summer heat and what the season brings.

  4. Jacqueline Pearce Says:

    Thanks for the comments! It’s a relief to be over our heat wave, but I wouldn’t have wanted a summer of rain, either. This is actually the first time in many years that it hasn’t rained during my husband’s summer holiday (he’s not complaining!)

  5. Lesley Lusk-Taylor Says:

    Here’s my heatwave haiku:

    Sullen sticky heat
    Fans monotonously hum
    But bring no relief

  6. Lesley Lusk-Taylor Says:

    Stunted arid lawns
    Arbutus leaves curl and drop
    Birdbath is empty

  7. Jacqueline Pearce Says:

    Hi Lesley! I especially like the second haiku. Makes me feel parched just reading it.

  8. Lesley Lusk-Taylor Says:

    haha! me too! thanks!

  9. Jacqueline Pearce Says:

    I feel compelled to comment on how much the temperature has changed since last week: a drop of 16 degrees! Feels like Goldilocks weather (too hot, too cold). What happened to “Just right”?

  10. merule124 Says:

    these r lame haikus some r not because the first line has 5 syllables 2nd line has 7 syllables and 3rd line has 5 syllabes. so, ha!

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