melting shadows

My fourth (and final) week of being a Daily Haiku Cycle 13 contributor. Please follow along!

August 29

melting shadows
waiting our turn
at the ice cream counter

I was happy this year to celebrate my July 23 birthday with my husband, and our two oldest children, who came home specially for the occasion. We had a lovely dinner at Bamboo Sushi, and then adjourned next store to Salt & Straw for ice cream. It was our first warm and sunny evening in quite a while, and the long snaky line along the sidewalk attested both to that, and the quality of the ice cream we were soon to enjoy. We must have waited on line for at least 45 minutes, as evening began to move in over the West Hills, but it was totally worth it! I had a cone of “Grandma Malek’s Almond Brittle with Salted Ganache”, and everyone else had something different.

lazy afternoon

Participating in the Shiki Kukai is a bit like attending a masquerade party, not that I’ve actually done that. Okay, a bit like how I imagine it would be to attend a masquerade party. After submitting our haiku, and voting anonymously, all is revealed. The funny thing is, I have been participating for so long that I  can often predict who wrote what– distinct styles do begin to emerge after a while. It  makes me wonder– is my haiku “style” consistent? Sometimes I feel like I am all over the place with my writing! For the latest kukai, the kigo was “ice cream”, and the free format was “day moon”. Both are evocative topics that I will be returning to!

lazy afternoon
the distant jingle
of the ice cream truck

sleeping in
on the first day of summer
day moon