#Haibun: Laborious Summer

“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.” 
― L. M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables

We are coming to the end of a searing and brutal summer. The monotony of the heat is laborious and draining. There are only so many perfect words to describe yet another scorching day. The hours drag on like a sepia toned silent film as I watch the lethargic birds outside my window. Many sit for hours in the bird bath, seeking relief. I sit and dream, yearning for the days when I can work in my garden again.

By the end of summer I am exhausted and even depressed some days.

As a poet, I get excited about the change of this season in particular to fall. I was born in October, so I am an autumn child. For me, the autumnal equinox is a time to reflect and refresh, and an opportunity to use an earthy palette of words. It is a time to breathe a sigh of relief we made it through another desert summer.

autumn’s amber mums
leaves a riot of color
brightening each day

©2021 Linda Lee Lyberg

dVerse Poets Pub: Haibun Monday- Labor

29 Comments on “#Haibun: Laborious Summer

  1. Though I can relate when the heat can be brutal, I feel sad that summer is ending. But looking forward to this:

    For me, the autumnal equinox is a time to reflect and refresh, and an opportunity to use an earthy palette of words.

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  2. As a Gemini, summer is my play ground,, Fall is bracing, and winter is dismal.
    But different seasons for different folks, right?

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  3. One of the ironies of my life: Autumn is my favorite season–especially October–even though I return to work after glorious summer vacations off! 😉 A heartfelt write, with a beautiful haiku at the end!

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  4. I agree with the quote from Anne of Green Gables, October is a thrilling month. Although the number of hot days in the UK wasn’t anything like your ‘searing and brutal summer’, Linda, you summed it up so eloquently in the hours dragging on ‘like a sepia toned silent film’ and the lethargic birds. I was premature and should have been born in October, so I’m with you on the autumnal equinox being an opportunity to use an earthy palette of words. I love autumn’s riot of chrysanthemums, especially the amber and rust ones!

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  5. Interesting take…as if everything is coming alive again in autumn! Fall is the culmination of another growing season’s hard work here on the farm as well.

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  6. October is my birth month too so totally looking forward but that also would mean winters knocking and I am still not used to Canada winters !

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  7. You captured my feelings of Autumn so masterfully!! My favorite season too! Also, born in October – 30th. I guess what I love about it is that it is the season of harvest and brilliant colors and holidays and Thanksgiving!! Bellissimo, Dear Linda, Bellissimo!!

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