Haiku For August 2023

Selling haiku by the seashore?

K R Smith

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August is a difficult month for me. It is hard to find the best subject for a haiku. Is August:

thunderstorms that sweep over the land?
hazy and hot mid-day sun?
crickets and frogs singing in the twilight?
the browning of the fields as the grass dries?
a warm, humid night where the breeze refuses to stir?
the perfume of salt air coming from the ocean?

It’s all of these and more, but picking one makes my brain hurt. And I like to have a photo or artwork to go with the post. If I don’t have or can’t find a suitable one, that can be the decision maker. Also, the July haiku was about thunderstorms, so I’d prefer to choose a different subject this time.

Eventually, I decided the last one would be best. I had an old photo from Assateague Island National Seashore taken years ago and felt the mood. The wind always seems to be blowing there, sometimes gentle, sometimes not. Persistence pays, it would seem.

Photo taken by K. R. Smith at Assateague Island National Seashore on July 7, 2012.

For those using a screen reader, the haiku is:

The endless sea breeze
Imperceptibly changes
The dune, grain by grain

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K R Smith

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