Blue skies linger as
plovers skitter down the shore;
Waves whoosh lullabies.
Gulls wheel as minnows flash,
catching dayflies at surface.
Solstice days extend.
Cloud’s shadows dance along
bright beach umbrellas
while babies sleep in cool shade.
Sunset is still hours away.
I tried to put the double tankas side by side but couldn’t figure out how to make them line up, so I saved them as a pdf document. You can see them side by side if you click on the link: poem solstice day at the beach
Frank J. Tassone is the host of Haikai Challenge. Frank says:
This week, write the haikai poem of your choice (haiku, senryu, haibun, tanka, haiga, renga, etc.) that alludes to the Solstice: (Summer) or Midsummer (manastsu.)