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July 6, 2023

A haiku for the sun to rise

Happy Fourth of July Week! It’s hard to believe another Independence Day is done. The fireworks, barbecues, and picnics of the day are all now just Instagram moments. For us here in San Diego, July 4th also means something else, it marks the beginning of the end of the gray season. And the end of the gray season means we might actually get to witness an actual sunrise. (My heart be still!)

Photo from our back yard on July 1

A good sunrise at home.

While everyone else in the country has been reveling in spring, we San Diegans have been trudging through a long string of cloudy days that began in April and has dragged on for more than three months, The photo on the left shows our morning on July 1. Ugh. Right? True, we had a couple of brief interludes when nature teased us with a sunrise or two.

Check out the photo on the right. It was taken a few years ago from the same spot as the one on the left. Alas, those interludes quickly gave way to the same-old same-old. The gray season is so regular that a clever San Diego National Weather Service meteorologist tweeted the following for International Haiku Poetry Day on April 17.

“For #InternationalHaikuPoetryDay , we humbly present to you, a haiku

Oh sun, where are thee?

Graypril, May Gray, June Gloom… ugh

Gray clouds, BE GONE (please).” 

I get it, NWS guy, I’m ready for this to end, too. After all, July is Grilling Month, Ice Cream Month, and Picnic Month. It’s also the time of year when I can go out to our back patio with my cup of coffee and watch the sunrise. Oh wait, that means we’d actually have to have one, doesn’t it? I’m not giving up. I’m out there each morning. Watching. Waiting. The truth is I could sit and watch the sky change colors every day, mesmerized until the sun finally emerged.

And so, with the goal of helping San Diego (finally) see something other than a grayrise, I present my own haiku. I’ve never done one of these before, so it will probably make any experts shudder. Even so, we’re desperate here and need some relief!

Reds, golds, blues, nay gray

Mauve and silver, even white

A new day’s delight.

I’d love to know what you think of my haiku. Did it bring you a little joy? Make you scream because I committed a haiku faux pas? Or maybe you’ve got one of your own? Sound off, and let’s talk (and let’s get that sunrise thing going on!).

While you’re here, check out our July giveaway. One person wins two books! Maggie Toussaint (w/a Valona Jones) is giving away her SNUFFED OUT in hardcover, while Diane AS Stuckart (w/a Anna Gerard) is giving away a mass market copy of PEACH CLOBBERED. Click HERE to go to the contest page.

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16 thoughts on “A haiku for the sun to rise

    1. Nancy, the marine layer is caused by our proximity to the cool ocean. It seems to be worse when it’s hotter inland and cooler along the coast.

  1. Bravo, Terry! Haikus are hard. This was a worthy first attempt. How about Alex discovering clues in haikus, leading to the solving of a murder? 🙂

    1. It takes a strong person to live under months of grey skies! Even though sunshine is not my friend any longer, I crave sunny days and blue skies. As Nancy said, our area of the country is in its rainy season right now. It’s odd if we don’t have a thunderstorm late every afternoon.

      Loved your haiku. Here’s one I just thought up…
      I love bright colors
      Red, blue, purple, green, and pink
      Any shade will do.

  2. Not much into Haiku’s, but sound like it was a short description of a poem. Thanks for sharing.

  3. I love it and I know how your skies are as used to live in the Bay Area! Thank you for sharing it with us and yes it made me smile…

  4. I havent read any Haikus since I was in high school. (many lifetimes ago). It sounded very nice.

  5. Very good Haikus. I used to do them all of the time. Here is my attempt for today: A glorious day Another day on our God’s Beautiful green Earth!

  6. Beautiful pics but don’t know much for haikus other than they’re short.
    Love reading and reviewing print books
    Hope everyone had a good 4th

  7. I can understand the June gloom days – it happens here at my place which is near the coast, and you don’t really see a lot of bright sun in the morning, or feel the summer heat.. Most days, I start with a foggy sky like Terry Ambrose’s picture on the left..
    I don’t know much about haikus, and I’m not good with poems.. But I’ll try. Please pardon me if I don’t do it right..

    Sunny oh sunny
    Grab a coffee to sip
    and a book to read

    Thanks for sharing.

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