Haibun: Cornfield

A quadrille (44 words sans title plus the word for the day).  Today at dVerse the word is “sun”.

The Cornfield
“A light wind swept over the corn, and all nature laughed in the sunshine.” Anne Bronte

The cornrnfield stretched on forever. I walked down the rows letting the leaves stroke my arms, my face. The sun hung in the sky like a trinket on a Christmas tree.
rows of corn
broken by rows of shade
under a summer blue sky

46 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Arnab Majumdar
    Jul 12, 2019 @ 23:23:41

    “The sun hung in the sky like a trinket on a Christmas tree”

    You’ve used the prompt really well here. Loved it!

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  2. kim881
    Jul 13, 2019 @ 14:22:17

    You always come up with interesting quotes, Toni, and I love the way you’ve used this one as a springboard into an amazing quadrille-haibun – with a brilliant simile at its heart.

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  3. robtkistner
    Jul 13, 2019 @ 15:49:14

    Oh yes, the golden lifeblood of middle America. It grows even faster in Oregon’s Willamette Valley. So much so, properly managed, they can have two seasons a year. I liked this Toni, and it brings back memories of growing up in oHIo…

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    • kanzensakura
      Jul 13, 2019 @ 15:58:02

      I am glad Rob. Corn grows mighty down South here too. I pulled a about 10 dozen ears to cut off and freeze for winter. Double cut and the cobs scraped, of course!

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  4. coalblack
    Jul 13, 2019 @ 16:07:42

    I’ve always loved fields of corn. This made me feel calm and happy.

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  5. kaykuala h
    Jul 13, 2019 @ 18:32:17

    if you listened,
    you could hear it grow.

    Laura’s quote is a classic choice, Toni, a very philosophical saying. Metaphorically speaking one certainly learns more if only one cares to listen more!

    Hank

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  6. Rosemary Nissen-Wade
    Jul 13, 2019 @ 22:47:12

    Oh, this is perfection!

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  7. Margaret Elizabeth Bednar
    Jul 13, 2019 @ 22:56:28

    Used to ride my horse through the rows (and he had his fair share of nibbles). I also picked LOTS of corn growing up (my mom had a huge garden). Was scared of the large spiders that would set up their cobwebs in the rows. The fresh taste of corn on the cob and sun-warmed tomatoes – there is nothing like it. Your poem is stunning-

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  8. Kerry
    Jul 14, 2019 @ 03:36:40

    This is beautiful!

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  9. Marian
    Jul 14, 2019 @ 09:38:11

    Oh I just love this! I can see it, feel it brushing my arms, smell the air. I was just thinking to go out and get some fresh corn for dinner tonight and then read this. Wonderful!

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    • kanzensakura
      Jul 14, 2019 @ 11:15:01

      Yes! Go get you some fresh corn. I got 10 doz ears the other day and cut it off and put into the freezer. Several huge farms in the area and they all seem to plant the white sweet corn. I had several ears for mr dinner – just corn and fresh tomatoes. So good!

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  10. Charmed Chaos
    Jul 14, 2019 @ 11:56:44

    Toni- this is fantastic! I’ve never tried freezing fresh corn. Do you shuck it and then freeze the ears?

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    • kanzensakura
      Jul 14, 2019 @ 12:48:05

      I tried freezing the ears but it tastes like cob. You have to blanch, cool it down, dry and then freeze. Too much trouble! Instead I cut it off and then pack into two cup freezer bags and then freeze. No blanching. It comes out wonderful. I shuck, de-silk and double cut them scrape down tbe cob. Tbiz actually is less trouble and in the winter, tastes like fresh. You can add it to soups, make corn pudding, or just thaw, heat and add butter. You can also use it to make salsa as well.

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  11. Mary
    Jul 14, 2019 @ 16:24:20

    I like the way you compared the sun to a trinket on a Christmas tree – very clever comparison! I love fresh corn this time of year.

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  12. sanaarizvi
    Jul 14, 2019 @ 16:42:41

    Lovely! ❤️ I like the idea of the sun as “a trinket on a Christmas tree.” 😀

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  13. gillena cox
    Jul 14, 2019 @ 17:14:35

    What a gorgeous haibun
    Thanks for dropping by my sumie Sunday today Toni

    Much❤🕊❤love

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  14. oldegg
    Jul 14, 2019 @ 19:50:44

    What a delight to read this haibun.

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  15. Sherry Blue sky
    Jul 14, 2019 @ 22:03:02

    A beautiful poem and photo. Gorgeous.

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  16. Wendy Bourke
    Jul 14, 2019 @ 22:45:37

    This is exquisite. What a beautifully drawn haibun.

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  17. Ayala Zarf
    Jul 15, 2019 @ 07:02:10

    This is brilliant!

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  18. Myrna
    Jul 15, 2019 @ 10:19:22

    I loved reading this. The sun like a trinket on a Christmas tree creates a magnificent picture.

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  19. Grace
    Jul 15, 2019 @ 15:15:51

    I so loved this part: The sun hung in the sky like a trinket on a Christmas tree.

    Happy summer to you Toni.

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  20. Victoria C. Slotto
    Jul 15, 2019 @ 15:27:31

    This brought me back ,to a visit when I was about 4-5 years old, to relatives in Iowa. There is such magic in a cornfield, almost a sense of mystery. And crows! Good to see you, Toni.

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    • kanzensakura
      Jul 15, 2019 @ 15:28:57

      Yes. Crows of course. I love pulling corn and smelling the rich smell of the ears separation from the stalks.

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  21. Jane Dougherty
    Jul 15, 2019 @ 15:49:58

    That first phrase is like the opening line of a magical story. I am drawn into a vast plain of yellow.

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  22. Glenn Buttkus
    Jul 15, 2019 @ 16:34:39

    Another excellent Q44 haibun, Toni; puts me in mind of a Van Gogh painting; one he could have painted if he had read your lovely poem.

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  23. Laura Bloomsbury
    Jul 15, 2019 @ 17:28:45

    I see yin/yang in the rows of corn and shade – your trinket sun is a real spark of imagination

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  24. Carol J Forrester
    Jul 15, 2019 @ 17:42:39

    A really lovely scene.

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  25. Frank Hubeny
    Jul 15, 2019 @ 18:07:06

    Nice line: “broken by rows of shade” to contrast with the rows of corn.

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  26. Beverly Crawford
    Jul 15, 2019 @ 18:12:07

    Your poem and photo might have been my own! Rows of corn stretching to the horizon speak of home to me as well! Your words are beautiful.

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  27. rothpoetry
    Jul 15, 2019 @ 18:32:39

    I love the cornfields of late summer! Sun and rain presenting itself as one!

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  28. Susie Clevenger
    Jul 15, 2019 @ 19:52:33

    Oh, I love this. It takes me back home, cornfields outlined by gravel roads.

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  29. gillena cox
    Jul 15, 2019 @ 20:49:17

    Luv your trinket sun Toni

    Much ❤🕊❤love

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  30. merrildsmith
    Jul 16, 2019 @ 07:29:27

    This is a perfect haibun–magical! I like the Anne Bronte quote, too.

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  31. larry trasciatti
    Jul 16, 2019 @ 13:29:49

    Great poem

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  32. Dr. Crystal Grimes
    Jul 22, 2019 @ 21:21:23

    This reminds me of when I took my young son (and 2 older nephews) through a corn maze, then had to show them the way out. 🙂

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