Haibun: Rainy Day

For Victoria’s prompt over at dVerse for Haibun Monday. the kigo and prompt for today is korogi – cricket. It is a kigo for early autumn/late summer. Summer ends August 7 approximately, in Japan.  Will also be posting this for the Tuesday Platform at Real Toads.

Haibun: Rainy Day
The day was hot, humid, and tight. I knew it was going to rain because this morning, I heard the tree frog’s deep groaning. Mama always said to listen to what the insects and frogs tell you. So I listen. At about 2:00 pm the sky poured down hard rain. The humidity cleared out for about 15 minutes. Now it is humid again and still – except for the voices of the cicada (semi in Japanese) and the crickets (korogi). The sound is almost overwhelming, as if they have to make up for the time lost during the downpour. The feral cats I feed have taken shelter down at the far end of the porch, as far as they can get away from me. I love the smell of the rain – not the pre-petrichor smell but the lush liquid smell of the rain as it drenches everything. It has apparently not drowned the insects though. The lone kitten is running around, chasing something. I take a few cautious steps closer and realize she is chasing a cricket, minus one of its legs now. I sneak back to my rocking chair and sit. Listening. Inhaling. It is almost the end of summer. The crickets and cicadas tell me so. The frogs open their throats and sing. More rain is on the way.
kitten plays intent
on crippled cricket – rain pours –
tree frog groans loudly

cricket and morning glories



23 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Victoria C. Slotto
    Aug 20, 2018 @ 21:32:09

    I can smell the rain, hear the tree frogs and crickets and cicadas–one of the functions of poetry, you have invited me in. So glad you made it!


  2. V.J. Knutson
    Aug 20, 2018 @ 21:46:18

    This is such a beautiful piece – you have really captured the mood of the rain, the scene.


  3. kim881
    Aug 21, 2018 @ 05:00:16

    I love the contrast in the first sentence of the present atmosphere and what the frogs forecast in their ‘deep groaning’. They are sounds I would love to hear but there haven’t been any frogs in our garden for a long time and, as I’ve mentioned before, no cicada or crickets. I love the way there are always cats somewhere in your life, Toni.


  4. maria
    Aug 21, 2018 @ 07:30:48

    That’s a lovely image you painted with your words, Toni. A good time for a cup of coffee too.


  5. Beverly Crawford
    Aug 21, 2018 @ 10:29:38

    A lovely, descriptive haibun. I, too, love the smell of rain. (There are those who just peer at you in astonishment when you say you smell rain!) Poor cricket with one leg, silenced forever.


  6. sanaarizvi
    Aug 21, 2018 @ 12:11:32

    I love rain .. 💖 so when you describe its scent I m right there with you in utter awe and appreciation. A most exquisite haibun, Toni 😊


  7. Carrie Van Horn
    Aug 21, 2018 @ 14:15:22

    An absolutely wonderful haibun Toni! I love the thoughts of listening to nature and what they have to say, and the smell of rain. Truly lovely!


  8. Glenn Buttkus
    Aug 21, 2018 @ 14:35:46

    Here in the Pac NW it does rain a bit, and it is the olfactory after downpour smells that groove me–the smell of wet concrete, wood, maple leaves, moss and lawn. As per usual, your haiku is as delicate as bamboo, but strong as iron .


  9. anmol(alias HA)
    Aug 21, 2018 @ 15:42:13

    Your prose is so sensory and vivid; it is as if one is looking across the room at you and all that you are observing too. Quite a deft touch with the imagery and the feeling. Very admirable.


  10. Frank J. Tassone
    Aug 21, 2018 @ 16:10:36

    Evocative and heartfelt prose, Toni. I can hear the sound of that rain, and those cicadas, crickets and frogs!


  11. Laura Bloomsbury
    Aug 21, 2018 @ 16:57:24

    Am drenched by the sheer delight of this poem – all the animals around the porch and the rocking chair – the gatherings in the downpour and the groan of tree frog


  12. Grace
    Aug 21, 2018 @ 21:58:30

    Delightful share Toni. More rain coming here too. Love the sounds of crickets, cicadas and frogs.


  13. Brendan
    Aug 22, 2018 @ 08:19:05

    So intensely present and alive. I rode on the back of a cricket into the depth of and height of summer.


  14. Vicki Rogers
    Aug 22, 2018 @ 13:42:07

    Beautiful! You had me right there seeing and listening with you.


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