A Chijitsu Manhunt


Photo by Roman Pavluv on Unsplash


The sun slips beneath the Ramapo Mountains. The long red of a sailor’s delight sky spreads out like opening hands. A long spring day lingers on into a delightful twilight. This is when the neigborhood kids begin their game of manhunt.


Frankie joins Zach, Alli and James on Alli’s driveway. Ben, Joshua and Alli’s older sister Becca–the big kids–gather, too. The hiding team races to find their hiding spots, and every yard of every house on the block is fair game. Then the hunting team sets off in pursuit.


Shouts of discovery, thumping of sneakers running across cut grass and asphalt, and the delight of them all as the red sky darkens to a velvety purple. Soon dusk will arrive, and then night will fall.


The kids will play by flashlight until we gather them back home.


A Chijitsu manhunt eventually ends. But there’s always tomorrow.


 Evening star

a doe and her fawns

prance away



For Chijitsu: Lingering Day–dVerse Haibun Monday, Victoria’s swansong as Pubtender

Real Toads’ It’s All Fun and Games


#GloPoWriMo2018 / #NaPoWriMo2018  16 / 30


NaPoWriMo 2018



26 replies »

  1. One of the things I love about our international poetry communities is learning new forms of old sayings and finding out about the different landscapes we see when we look out of our windows. ‘The sun slips beneath the Ramapo Mountains’ evokes such amazing pictures for me as I live in a flat landscape. In England, the saying is ‘red sky at night, shepherd’s delight’ while you say ‘sailor’s’ delight’ and your game is called ‘manhunt’. I love the personification in ‘T’he long red of a sailor’s delight sky spreads out like opening hands’ and the sounds in ‘Shouts of discovery’ and ‘thumping of sneakers’.

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