#Haikai Challenge #96 (7/27/19): cicada (semi) #haiku #senryu #haibun #tanka #haiga #renga

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Warm enough for you, haijin! I know I am! Congratulations to last week’s contributors:

Haikai Challenge Participants
1. Tessa
2. Jane Dougherty
3. Jules
4. Reena Saxena
5. Dave Madden
6. The Dark Netizen
7. Janice
8. Xenia Tran
9. Linda Lee Lyberg
10. Revived Writer

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Looking ahead

It’s the last weekend of July. That means it’s the last opportunity for a summer kigo as the traditional calendar reckons. Well, as I type this, I sit at the patio table on my deck. What do my ever steady ears hear?

Cicada songs.

As I mentioned last year:

…a sound that heralds the late summer that all-to-quickly approaches: the cicada:

The Cicada’s song has long been associated with late summer in Japan:


Japan’s summers ring in to an annual soundtrack. The melody rides the humid summer breeze from the mountains, down through the forests and along the rivers and roads. Although the musicians prefer the trees, their performance is nearly inescapable. And it’s long. The symphony starts slow in the spring and builds to a crescendo midsummer before fading into autumn.

This week, write the haikai poem of your choice (haiku, senryu, haibun, tanka, haiga, renga, etc.) that alludes to the cicada (semi).

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.

Savor the sound of summer passing, haijin!

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