Shine In – Frank/Charley

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photo by Charley

 

Autumn changes focus on school schedules and condo movements, but now for our children, not for us. It’s the same with Spring. In between these events, like sunlight going through the leaves of trees, there is viewing the lake and parkways where trees can reach for the sun because the buildings are small enough for them to have a chance.

LIGHT THROUGH PATIENT TREES
BUILDINGS BLOCK THE AUTUMN SKY
BOTH PROVIDE COOL SHADE

Winter’s focus for many means wind chill factor, snow removal, and washing salt from cars when the mercury rises.  The children – and adults – wrap in layers over layers; Autumn’s wool exchanged for Down and Thinsulate.  For children it means that most transient and renewable of playthings: Snow.  Our winters down here share the clearness of light and not much else.  Ours is the beautiful days filled with biking, walking by lake-sides, and picnics.  We spend many nights on our back balcony sky-watching.  Summer light is hot, yellow-white and withering no matter where you live.

WINTER AIR CLEANS SKY
UP ON BALCONY TO WATCH
STAR CREATURES SWIM WEST

 

For Jilly’s September Challenge of Casting Bricks, this is my completion of Frank Hubeny’s excellent Haibun called “Let the Light Shine In.”  I have written a second Haibun, trying not to stray too far from the original intent, voice and tone.

Frank’s words are first and in bold.

7 thoughts on “Shine In – Frank/Charley

  1. Thank you for adding a second half, Charley! I liked the description of snow as the “most transient and renewable of playthings”. I hadn’t thought of it like that. The winter air does seem to clean the sky if the summer has been especially hot as I suspect yours has been.

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