Haibun: Summer Solstice

For my prompt at Real Toads – celebrating solstice

Haibun: Summer Solstice

“It was June, and the world smelled of roses. The sunshine was like powdered gold over the grassy hillside.”
― Maud Hart Lovelace,

The day dawned hot and clear. I watched the sun rising through the trees scattering its golden rays like a profligate gardener sewing golden seeds. The birds were waking up and their song was loud and clear – like a band of flutes. The dew sparkled on the grass. A steady stream of bees went back and forth to their hive -so busy so early in the morning. The sky was clear and cloudless on this first day of summer. I sat on my back steps and drank espresso. Such a glorious day. I think I will walk down to the creek and listen to the water burbling along on the rocks. Or maybe I will climb my tree. I smiled. So many choices on such a glorious day!
summer solstice day –
the air smells like flowers –
a dragonfly drifts


Summer Solstice Facts

The word “solstice” comes from the Latin words sol “Sun” and stitium “standing.” On the summer solstice, the Sun’s path stops advancing northward each day and “stands” still.

The kind of energy the Sun emits most strongly is not ultraviolet, or gamma rays, or even visible light—it’s actually infra-The June solstice is when folks in the Northern Hemisphere see the highest Sun of the year. But did you know that the Sun’s highest point is getting lower and lower over time? That’s because Earth’s tilt is slowly decreasing.red. That’s the Sun’s strongest emission, which is the kind we feel as heat.

The June solstice is when folks in the Northern Hemisphere see the highest Sun of the year. But did you know that the Sun’s highest point is getting lower and lower over time? That’s because Earth’s tilt is slowly decreasing.


16 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Frank J. Tassone
    Jun 21, 2019 @ 18:08:44

    A beautiful, evocative witness of the Summer Solstice, Toni! I love the heartfelt sense of presence that exudes from this!


  2. coalblack
    Jun 22, 2019 @ 13:59:21

    I always feel a little tilted, so it’s nice to know the whole planet is in sync. 😉

    This year seems to be just flying by. I can’t believe the summer solstice is here already. Of course, here, the trees only fully leafed out a month ago and it has yet to get hot (good!), so it seems more like May than June, to me.

    I’m glad you proscribed save the planet stuff. In my view, poetry lends itself much better to the personal, rather than the topical.


  3. Magaly Guerrero
    Jun 22, 2019 @ 14:15:41

    “glorious” is always a word that comes to mind when I’m thinking of summer. There is just so much beauty and power and in feeling that the cold is as far away as it con be.


  4. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)
    Jun 22, 2019 @ 16:17:21

    We had a wonderful solstice day (glorious is a good word) and we spend it with friends… but do not make me go up at dawn… (that’s around 3 AM at the moment)


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  6. oldegg
    Jun 23, 2019 @ 03:23:02

    What a beautiful read. I agree that taking a walk down by a creek in warmer weather is a delight especially with one’s dog who insists on jumping in!


  7. Kerry
    Jun 23, 2019 @ 06:37:08

    It is a most remarkable thing, to be in the moment and in tune with the sun’s movements. I like how you reflect on the choices that lie ahead.


  8. Ron.
    Jun 23, 2019 @ 08:39:09

    The creekbed calls me, too, this morning…Salute!


  9. Charmed Chaos
    Jun 23, 2019 @ 16:17:04

    A wonderfulhaibun drenched in the sounds and images of summer!


  10. Brendan
    Jun 23, 2019 @ 16:36:45

    No finer day — so good to find it here. Thanks.


  11. Just Barry
    Jun 23, 2019 @ 17:51:09

    Your summer solstice comes alive with color and sound. I’m envious of you countless ways to spend the day!


  12. Susie Clevenger
    Jun 25, 2019 @ 00:17:13

    It’s bright, sunny, writing. It makes me want to head outdoors!


  13. Margaret Elizabeth Bednar
    Jul 08, 2019 @ 11:54:59

    Responding quite late – but I’ve been traveling and having my children home. I was in NYC and I was thinking how many city kids never really experience nature … it is sad! Climbing trees is something I haven’t done in a long time.


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