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Seven for Summer - Haiku

Updated on May 28, 2012
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Timid buds loosen.

Leaves fill trees, branches heavy.

Bursts of color. Life!


A rustle in the

flower bed. Happy chipmunk.

A fat cat pounces!


Ripe red tomato.

Cucumbers on the vine. Soon

a garden salad.


Sweat stings eyes, soaks shirt.

Mower roars, kicks up a rock.

Frosty beer awaits.


Warm breeze fails to cool.

Not a cloud in the blue sky.

Ice cream drips down chins.


Flash. Crash. Sheets of rain.

Sudden shocking storm erupts.

Day's heat is tempered.



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      Mohan Kumar 4 years ago from UK

      Nice summery Haikus, Dana. Fresh, vivid, colorful and bursting with life. Good work here!

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      This is great, and so true! we are going through a heatwave over here and just waiting for the storms which are due tomorrow!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Very nice Dana! Not your usual cup of tea but it fits you nicely my friend! You are growing as a writer and I love watching it happen.

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      Rachael Lefler 4 years ago from Illinois

      Good Haikus! I'm sharing this on facebook.

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      Dana Strang 4 years ago from Ohio

      Nell - Boy that was quoick! Thanks. It was supposed to storm here this weekend. Never did. Stormy forcast for tomorrow. We will see what happens. I love a good summer storm.

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      Dana Strang 4 years ago from Ohio

      Docmo - Thank you! I always get a little burst of happiness when I finish my Haiku. Your compliments have added to that. :)

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      Dana Strang 4 years ago from Ohio

      RachaelLefler - thanks for the share! What a nice way to wrap up my weekend.

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      Dana Strang 4 years ago from Ohio

      Bill - thank you for taking the time to read and comment. You always give me such encouragement...

      I am dying to write some "real" hubs. There is an ever growing list writng themselves in my head. I have been having some difficulties with exhaustion and just haven't been able to write. Doc appointment number 2 tomorrow. I think the strategy is going to be writing a paragraph here and there because you know me, I am miserable if I am not writing!

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      Rachel Vega 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      "Real" hubs? Hon, these are real hubs!

      I love the timid buds loosening. Voted up and beautiful!

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      Dana Strang 4 years ago from Ohio

      Cat - Thank you! That was my frustration talking. Yes. Poems are real hubs too. And I do enjoy writing them very much. Glad you liked. Thanks for the votes. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Feel better soon Dana; I hope things work out with the Doc tomorrow. Prayers and a hug coming your way.

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      Dana Strang 4 years ago from Ohio

      Thanks Bill! :)

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      Jessee R 4 years ago from Gurgaon, India

      Excellent Haikus... They bring sunshine over the summer which is to come!!

      Brilliant

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      Dana Strang 4 years ago from Ohio

      rahul0324 - Thank you! Sunshine it certainly not out my window today! We are having an incredibly violent bought of thiunderstorms. YIKES!

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      This paints such a visual picture of summer for me. I could just see the ice cream dripping in the warm heat. Thanks for the sweet reminder of what it is all about.

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      Dana Strang 4 years ago from Ohio

      teaches - thank you for taking the tiem to leave that comment. i am a glutton for feedback as i am dying to become a freelance writer. and of course, who doesn't like compliments. As of the past week it is suddenly summer here. hot and humid!! i wrote these while sitting on my deck ina lawn chair enjoying the morning sun. looking forward to many more of those days :)

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      Christy Birmingham 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Awesome! I like the photos to go with the Haiku's too Dana.

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      Angelo52 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Nice. Liked number 6 best. the flash and crash and sudden rain. Just like here in So. Florida. One minute the sun is shining, the next is booming and pouring.

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      Dana Strang 4 years ago from Ohio

      ChristyWrites - thanks for the compliment on the photos. I have been trying to use a lot more of my own.

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      Dana Strang 4 years ago from Ohio

      Angelo52 - I know what you mean. Years back I spent several summers visiting family in Orlando. It stormed every night! I loved to watch the lightning.

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      Mmmmmm...summertime! Pure and simple and clean - like starting over..I know just how you feel, Dana..

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      Dana Strang 4 years ago from Ohio

      ImKarn23 - There is so much to love about summer! I could write about it all day. :)

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      Demas W Jasper 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Summery summer summary! Thnks.

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      Dana Strang 4 years ago from Ohio

      Perspycacious - Very clever comment! love it.

      thank you for reading.

      i enjoyed capturing what are some of my favorite summer feelings....

      p.s. pretty confident I got all the 5-7-5's right on these :)

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      very summer Dana. I love it!

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      Dana Strang 4 years ago from Ohio

      Unknown spy - thanks! I was inspired by a stretch of early beautiful summer weather.

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      Sueswan 4 years ago

      Hi DanaTeresa,

      Wonderful summer haikus.

      Voted up and away.

      Take care :)

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      Dana Strang 4 years ago from Ohio

      Sueswan - Thank You! What a joy they were to write. Summer has just begun. Perhaps I will be inspired to turn out a few more. :) :) :)

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      Annie Fenn 4 years ago from Australia

      Wow, Dana, your haiku warmed my chilly Australian winter's day!! I just love your mowing haiku and relate as mowing in summer is a big part of my life!!! (the chilled white waiting makes it all worth the effort.)

      Lovely haiku, my votes and best wishes to you and sharing.

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Wonderful! So fresh and real. I can see, hear, smell and almost taste all the images you give us. Many votes. How are you feeling by the way? Loved this hub. Thank you.

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      Dana Strang 4 years ago from Ohio

      Vicki - Glad you like this. Whe I wrote it I was totally infatuated with the summer weather and all the things it brings.

      I am feeling well tonight. And on the one hand glad to feel good, on the other hand frustrated bacause I don't know why this is a good night and I don't know what tomorrow will bring. I could be fine, I could feel horibble. I am going to figure it out. I have to! Thanks for asking. I am using that last poem I wrote as a little extra encouragement.... How are you? Hope things are going well for you.

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      I'm getting by okay, Dana. It's been hectic, dealing with stuff, and the death of my cat...but I'm doing okay. Did a lot of research today on freelance writing for different places. We'll see how I do with that! Not knowing what tomorrow brings can be frustrating as far as how you feel. I wish the best for you.

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      Dana Strang 4 years ago from Ohio

      Fennelseed - That's right. It's winter down there! Funny how this silly globe we live on works... I spend a good amount of time mowing my large yard. It is sometimes hot, sweaty, dirty work, but I enjoy it. Thanks for the votes!

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      Cynthia B Turner 4 years ago from Georgia

      You summed it up nicely, didn't you. Great work!

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      Olde Cashmere 4 years ago from Michigan, United States

      Delightful Haikus that capture the joy of Summer. Wonderful work, voted up, awesome, and beautiful :)

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      Dana Strang 4 years ago from Ohio

      Cyndi10 / Olde Cashmere ...

      I am so very glad that you enjoyed my little ode to summer. It was fun to write and I am happy to pass the good feelings along.

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      iamaudraleigh 4 years ago

      I think your poe on summertime is so great! I love icecream on chins nnd "A rustle in the

      flower bed. Happy chipmunk.

      A fat cat pounces!"

      Th

      is was so wonderful! What a talent!!!

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      So nice. Captures summer, which i love! Many votes!

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      Dana Strang 4 years ago from Ohio

      audra - thank you. i really have fun picking out the different lines. and in this case, i like to think that the happy chimpunk got away :)

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      Dana Strang 4 years ago from Ohio

      Vicki - Thank you for the votes! I tried to think of all of my favorite parts of summer and put them in to words. So much fun!

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      shalini sharan 4 years ago from Delhi

      this was so summer summer type

      gave me the feel of it

      loved it!

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      Dana Strang 4 years ago from Ohio

      ini sharan - Thank you! I will be following up for fall. But I need to wait for the season to change. No rush of course. I am enjoying the summer!

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      Nithya Venkat 4 years ago from Dubai

      Great haiku, beautifully expressed.

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      Dana Strang 4 years ago from Ohio

      Vellur - Thank you. I have a set for each season.... Now if only the summer weather would get here. It has been unseasonably cold this year!.... take care.

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      Victoria Lynn 2 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      I read this nearly two years ago. Thanks for sharing it again. It's so refreshing!

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