Daily Haibun, June 20th – Strawberries and Cream

As summer temperatures soar. My appetite dwindle. A toast or two for breakfast, then mostly water, fruits and vegetables until a late supper sees me eating a dubbel portion.

So for the fourth time in a week lunch was strawberries with a small dollop of whipped cream. Followed by a green apple, or two. In-between snacks of a glass of smoothie keeps me going.

In high summer heat
Fresh fruit, all I want to eat
Tastes summertime sweet

© RedCat

Summertime Pleasures

Laughing sky-blue eyes
My heart soar and fly
Delighted playful smile
Stealing my breath awhile
Soft sun-warm skin
Kindling the fire within

Strawberry stained lips
My hands trace the gentle curve of your hips

Drawing me in for another kiss
I could stay forever held like this

Our sweet summertime pleasures
Moments I forever treasure

© RedCat

Daily Haibun, June 10th – Last day of school

Tomorrow is the last day of school. And the children are giddy with anticipation. Getting them to bed has been an unusual hard task. The fact that the sun is still streaming through the windows doesn’t help. “-But it’s not night yet!” Has been an argument since they were big enough to talk.

Running around today getting everything in order for tomorrow. I have remembered my own summer anticipation as a child. Dressing up in new summer clothes. Giving and getting bouquets of flowers. The seemingly eternal summer holiday before us.

Summertime is here
Bathing, reading, sleeping late
Lazy days are near


In Sweden school has only two terms, an autumn and spring one. Leaving ten whole weeks for summer. I’ve been told more than once it harks back to when Sweden was still a country with mostly farmers. Meaning they needed the children as workers during the summer and the early harvest. Nowadays it mostly means parents with four weeks of summer leave have to figure out how to juggle work and kids. It also means “after school care” is available for most of the summer for those that need it. Still working from home due to the pandemic, we’ll have to juggle.

Read other Haibun’s written for the monthly dVerse prompt by me here.

Read other Daily Haibun’s here.

Photo by Malkarium on Unsplash

Summertime by George Gershwin – Saturday Song

Summertime with Janis Joplin live at Woodstock 1969

Tonight’s song is an old favorite of mine and one that sooner or later pops into my head each summer. Summertime composed by George Gershwin for the 1935 opera Porgy and Bess

It’s one of those songs that has been recorded innumerable times. And frankly I like several of them for different reasons, so I decided to link to a bunch of them and you can decide for yourself.


Summertime Lyrics

Summertime and the livin’ is easy
Fish are jumpin’ and the cotton is high
Oh, your daddy’s rich and your ma is good lookin’
So hush, little baby, don’t you cry

One of these mornings
You’re gonna rise up singin’
Yes, you’ll spread your wings
And you’ll take to the sky
Mm, but ’til that morning
There is nothin’ can harm you
Yes, with daddy and mommy standin’ by

Summertime and the livin’ is easy
Fish are jumpin’ and the cotton is high
Oh, your daddy’s rich (daddy’s rich)
And your ma is good lookin’ (your ma is good lookin’)
So hush, little baby, baby don’t you cry

Oh, don’t you cry, oh, don’t you cry (don’t)
Oh, don’t you cry, oh, don’t you cry (cry)

Source: Musixmatch
Summertime with Ella Fitzgerald from 1968

Summertime with Janis Joplin live at Woodstock 1969

Summertime with Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong

Summertime with Lana Del Rey

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