Haiku for the longest day

For Frank Tassone’s summer solstice prompt.

before mowing

the longest day

a day for mowing cutting

the year in half


all the golden stalks

the meadow

a battlefield


the gyre narrows

hawk objective probes beneath

the fallen grass


how did they know

before the engine’s rattle

that death was coming?


feather swarm glides

in untouching pattern

through the blue


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Jane Dougherty

I used to do lots of things I didn't much enjoy. Now I am officially a writer. It's what I always wanted to be.

24 thoughts on “Haiku for the longest day”

      1. There have been bad ones around here for quite awhile. If only we stop testing people the virus will go away! our president said that…

      2. I wonder if he meant that the more you test the more you find—the US is doing such a magnificent job of testing they’re bound to find more cases than the piddling little poor countries that can’t test? He just isn’t articulate enough to put it into recognisable English.
        Or am I being too generous?

      3. Unfortunately I think he really means if you don’t test, you won’t have any cases to count and you can pretend its gone.

  1. Love that 3rd line on the first one.

    You & K hand me laughing ( you conversation)😊. It would be funny were
    it not so sad. What we must look like from the outside!!???


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