First Taste of Summer: My latest .@ImageCurve #haibun


The Torne Valley Vineyard occupies a former estate that overlooks the Ramapo River. It offers lunch and outdoor seating. We’ve tried to dine there since Father’s Day.

Now, we sit at a table for six, just off the tented patio. The band Hip Replacements—whose members’ average age exemplifies the tongue-in-cheek name—play “California Dreaming.” Several people at tables under the tent quietly sing along.

We toast to summer with Kimmie’s crush, a semi-dry red table wine. Our cheese platter arrives. Succulent flavors of shredded swiss, prosciutto and pesto humas on crackers enrapture me. Ah, the flavor of summer!

another sip
rippling sunlight
on the river


photo by Trent Erwin


first published on Image Curve, June 14, 2018


for dVerse Poets’ OpenLinkNight #222 (pubtended by Grace)

With Real Toads’ Tuesday Platform: Colour the world in words (imagined by willow_switches| Pat 🍃)




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