#Haikai Challenge #38 (6/17/18): Solstice (Geshi) #haiku #senryu #haibun #tanka #haiga #renga


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The Few. The Brave. The Haijin that faced the FIFA challenge! 😉


Congratulations, contributors!


Haikai Challenge Participants

1. Reena Saxena
2. Merril D. Smith
3. Janice (Ontheland)
4. Dwight L. Roth
5. Jules @ Strands
6. Revived Writer
7. Floating Rabbit

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This Thursday marks the first solstice of 2018. The second will arrive on or around December 21st. No, I won’t tell you which one this week’s Solstice is: That depends on the hemisphere in which you live! 🙂 As Wikipedia says:


A solstice is an event occurring when the Sun appears to reach its most northerly or southerly excursion relative to the celestial equator on the celestial sphere. Two solstices occur annually, around June 21 and December 21. The seasons of the year are determined by reference to both the solstices and the equinoxes.

The term solstice can also be used in a broader sense, as the day when this occurs. The day of a solstice in either hemisphere has either the most sunlight of the year (summer solstice) or the least sunlight of the year (winter solstice) for any place other than the Equator. Alternative terms, with no ambiguity as to which hemisphere is the context, are “June solstice” and “December solstice”, referring to the months in which they take place every year. [2]

At latitudes outside the tropics, the summer solstice marks the day when the Sun appears to reach its highest point in the sky. Within the tropics, the Sun appears directly overhead at solar noon days to 3 months before and after the summer solstice. This means the subsolar point occurs twice each year at any tropical latitude.

The word solstice is derived from the Latin sol (“sun”) and sistere (“to stand still”), because at the solstices, the Sun’s declination appears to “stand still”; that is, the seasonal movement of the Sun’s daily path (as seen from Earth) stops at a northern or southern limit before reversing direction.


This week, write the haikai poem of your choice (haiku, senryu, haibun, tanka, haiga, renga) that states or alludes to Solstice. You may use the solstice appropropriate to your locale or the term in general, as you see fit.


As always:

Here’s how the challenge works:

1. write the haikai poem of your choice.
2. post the link of your post to Mister Linky.
3. pingback by posting the link to the challenge on your site.
4. read and comment on other contributors’ posts.




Enjoy the official beginning for the coming season, haijin! To those fathers and their loved ones living in the United States, Happy Father’s Day!



Summer Solstice Sunrise over Stonehenge 2005.jpg

 Photograph Andrew Dunn, 21 June 2005.  CC BY-SA 2.0, Link





23 replies »

  1. I did sort of a series here: geshi

    I went back to my short verse site where comments have to be approved. Seems there is another issue with WordPress and I’ve temporarily shut down my longer verse and fiction places, until WP can fix it. Sorry for the inconvenience of not seeing your comments right away.

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      • I think the ones I just put on private had that feature. I have to check the ‘Jewels’ as I don’t know that I ever allowed that or not. As I am not all that adept, can you tell me where I’d find that so I can look for it directly without having to hunt it down? Somewhere in Settings I am guessing…

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      • 1.Click ‘‘ my site’
        2. under configure, choose sharing.
        3. Click ‘sharing buttons’
        4. Check the ‘reblog’ and ‘like’ buttons under ‘reblog and like’


      • Going to check out the reblog now.
        But the ‘Like’ button isn’t going to happen…
        I’ve had too many problems with that.
        I’m not sure if WP fixed the new ‘Like’ button issue – didn’t you see the ‘bogus’ one at your place? The Bogus ones… especially, will not end up on my blogs.

        Thank you.


      • Huston, we have a problem. I had it set to show the reblog button, but not the like button and it appears it will not do one without the other. I tried.

        Until they can separate these two features – re-blogging on Jewels will not be an option. Hopefully I’ll be able to repost on my other blogs – as it seems to be able to do that on them… As you’ve done it with Strands before (I think… but maybe not?)

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      • Some folks got over two dozen and really mucked up their notifications since that feature isn’t endless.

        I’m hoping WP will come up with a way to delete ‘them’. But preventing them would be nice too. 🙂

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