gogyohka for a summer meadow

For Frank Tassone’s haikai challenge. Yesterday was the first day this summer the thermometre topped 100°F (38°C°) but the flowers are still blooming.


ctas ears and chicory

after hay-making

chicory and cats’ ears scatter colour

across the ocean green

fragments of sky

drops of sunlight


chicory and cat's ears


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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.

41 thoughts on “gogyohka for a summer meadow”

  1. Lovely words and photo–it looks like the flowers are dancing. 😀

    It’s going to be close to 100 today, and it was already in the 80s at 5:30 this morning–but with high humidity, too (83% now, dew point at 76). I’m skipping my morning walk today.

    1. I’ve kept meaning to photograph this arrangement of blue and yellow flowers. The bank behind the house (north side) is covered in them but whenever I think to do it, they have all closed up in the heat or the sun. This is a little clump in the shade of tree in front of the house. The others had all disappeared.
      It’s a toss up at the moment between going out while it’s cool or using the best part of the morning for working.

  2. The flowers are like little constellations.
    Everything is wilting here–heat and humidity for days and days. They keep warning us the power may go out but it hasn’t yet. (K)

      1. The city has air conditioned cooling centers but I can’t imagine how they manage social distancing inside them. Choose your poison I suppose.

      2. The airlines here are imposing surgical masks, one for every three hours of flight, on passengers or they won’t be allowed on board. Our youngest is currently on a 15 hour bus journey to come home from college (finally!) and hardly any of the passengers are wearing masks, and they’re packed in, a full bus. The driver said he’d asked people to wear masks but they won’t listen. A bus driver was beaten to death last week for doing just that.

      3. She’s landed and said the second half of the journey they were down to one passenger every two seats. I just hope she’s not brought the virus with her.

      1. When we moved here last year, we had a block wall garden (narrow strip along the side wall) added with some drip irrigation. It works pretty well, but for the vegetables we have to hand water them as well. Now, a meadow… that sounds lovely and peaceful. ❤

      2. They are all growing back after the haymaking, not the orchids, but cow parsley, trefoil, clover chicory, cat’s ears, so the butterflies and the bees are still here 🙂

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