Fresh rivulets flow, or: Summertime shower

A haibun

Whenever my seven-year-old daughter complains that it’s hot in the summer, I like to remind her that Jerusalem is a desert city. “Welcome to the desert,” I wink.

Personally, I usually don’t bother complaining, but I still catch myself kvetching about the heat on occasion. Yesterday, trudging through the afternoon sun from her school to her swimming class, my left eye stinging with sweat, I muttered, “Ugh; it’s really, really hot.”

By the time we returned home after her lesson, I could smell my own stench.

fresh rivulets flow
bacteria washed away
sweet summer shower

Go Dog Go Cafeโ€™s Haibun Wednesday

  • This weekโ€™s prompt is to write a haibun based upon ‘one of the five senses: sight, sound, smell, taste, and/or touch’.
  • From Poetry.org:
    • In How to Haiku, Bruce Ross writes, “If a haiku is an insight into a moment of experience, a haibun is the story or narrative of how one came to have that experience.”

Let’s write poetry together!

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Ben Harper (b. 1969)

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35 thoughts on “Fresh rivulets flow, or: Summertime shower”

  1. We have been sweltering here too. We’ll reach mid 90s today… I’m putting on my coolest clothes since we have to be outside. Also the sunscreen in a thick layer SPF100 – the one good thing is that the sunscreen scent drowns out the body odor!!

  2. I would be so sweaty and sunburned in the desert. It gets hot here, but usually not too hot. If we get over 90 degrees F, everyone complains to friends and strangers alike, and it becomes a Midwest weather kvetching party! ๐Ÿ˜€

  3. lovely description – my first visit to Israel, naively booked for July: I took myself off the coach from Negev for a stopover nr the Dead Sea – but very quickly changed my mind, hopped on the next coach to Jerusalem which was comparably nice and cool… ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Jerusalem is def. cooler because it’s in the hills, and it’s less humid because it’s not near the sea… but it still gets plenty hot ๐Ÿฅต around here!

      1. Also, that trip was 30 years ago. Britain at least has certainly become hotter re average temp in this time – maybe the same is true for Israel?

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