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#Haikai Challenge #144: Summer Solstice Midsummer (manastu) I — Day at the beach

A Day at the Beach
“A Day at the Beach,” by Edward Henry Potthast

 

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.)

 

21 thoughts on “#Haikai Challenge #144: Summer Solstice Midsummer (manastu) I — Day at the beach

    1. Thank you, Sadje! I just learned about the “double tanka” form. They are meant to be read side by side, where each stands alone, but the lines read across also have meaning.

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