Haibun: Escape

a haibun in the style of Basho, 44 words exactly, a quadrille

Haibun: Escape
“And into the forest I go, to lose my mind and find my soul.” – John Muir

The day is so very hot – 105F at high noon. I walk into the forest which is about 20 degrees cooler. My old friends always welcome me to enter and rest.
through the cool forest
a walk on sun freckled path –
escape from summer’s heat



26 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Carol J Forrester
    Jul 29, 2019 @ 15:24:12

    ‘a walk on sun freckled path’ I can really picture that.


  2. Frank Hubeny
    Jul 29, 2019 @ 15:34:04

    I like those forest paths freckled with the sun.


  3. Lisa at Greenbow
    Jul 29, 2019 @ 15:38:27

    Because I love to be in the forest I really appreciate how you captured the feeling even or especially on a hot summer day.


  4. Charmed Chaos
    Jul 29, 2019 @ 15:41:00

    I adore sun freckled path!


  5. lillian
    Jul 29, 2019 @ 15:48:51

    YES! I have always loved how the sun peeks through tree leaves onto the path or walk below. I shall always think of that now as freckles rather than peeking or spackles!


  6. kim881
    Jul 29, 2019 @ 15:59:41

    The best way to escape the sun, Toni! I love walking in the forest, but I’m also blessed to have a leafy mini forest in our garden. Those sun freckles are so familiar!


  7. Jane Dougherty
    Jul 29, 2019 @ 16:14:07

    You’re lucky to have such good friends.


  8. Glenn Buttkus
    Jul 29, 2019 @ 16:35:55

    A snappy haibun; really strong sense of place. A forest walk in summer dles include insects however.


    • kanzensakura
      Jul 29, 2019 @ 16:59:08

      So? Not so many insects in the forest. Cicadas, bees, butterflies…the bitey ones are down at the creek.

      Sent from Mail for Windows 10



  9. msjadeli
    Jul 29, 2019 @ 16:47:38

    Trees are the best of friends. So glad they helped cool the heatwave for/with you.


  10. gillena cox
    Jul 29, 2019 @ 17:05:49

    Happy Monday



  11. Xan
    Jul 29, 2019 @ 18:16:58

    “sun-freckled” so much more evocative than the more trite “sun-dappled.” Kudos.


  12. Grace
    Jul 29, 2019 @ 18:19:00

    That would be really cool in today’s hot weather Toni.


  13. Mish
    Jul 29, 2019 @ 19:49:41

    I knew you’d come through with nature’s freckles! Beautiful. I didn’t realize how much cooler it would be in the forest. We were on an open trail the other day and it was 90 degrees. Not a good choice.


  14. Victoria C. Slotto
    Jul 29, 2019 @ 20:05:10

    How wonderful to be able to find refuge in nature, in that sun-freckled forest…so close to you.


  15. lynn__
    Jul 29, 2019 @ 21:36:02

    A welcome respite from the heat for sure…thanks for taking us there with you, Toni.


  16. Dr. Crystal Grimes
    Jul 29, 2019 @ 23:52:59

    I like the sun freckled path. So peaceful.


  17. tosh
    Jul 30, 2019 @ 02:38:25



  18. Laura Bloomsbury
    Jul 30, 2019 @ 08:12:58

    perfect – – you have brought the trees alive with freckles instead of dapples


  19. robtkistner
    Jul 30, 2019 @ 10:31:04

    That’s a wonderful perspective on freckle-ness Toni. This made for a great read. Beatiful!


  20. Shawna
    Jul 30, 2019 @ 13:21:09

    Can I come too? That sounds blissful.


  21. thotpurge
    Jul 30, 2019 @ 23:03:35

    Like “sun freckled path” !!!


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