Summer Corn ~ #007 May 2014 – Haiga and Haibun for #MicroFWF Free Write Friday: “that one summer”

©14 Summer Corn 2 sml 6x


I Never Return


that summer. i can’t remember how old i was. maybe 5th grade. i went back to my father’s for six weeks. not unusual now. then it was odd. a single child in a one parent family was odd.

the day school got out. a friday in June. i was packed. i left saturday morning. a 3 day, 2 night train ride. i didn’t particularly want to go. but that’s not a choice.

adjustments. room. bed. sleep. food. clothes. the nights. the days. the state of a step brother one year younger. a step sister one year older.

there were moments. mostly i met people. people i saw once a year. for a few moments. i visit grandmother. my cousins. aunts. uncles. their friends and neighbors. a wedding. a lake. the zoo. briefly knowing names. who was who. their lives in place. mine out of sequence. like a new born. each year. i was a 9 year old new born. this summer.

i did things i would never have done. in my small hometown. of 12,000. this was the twin cities. things were different. no one here knew what my life was like in my hometown. no one here was interested in that life.

i was excited to return to my hometown by mid July. people. friends. classmates i once knew. i had amazing stories to tell.

the evening i returned i unpacked. the next day i was dropped off. a few miles away. before people woke up. where i stayed with a family. while my mother worked.

half the summer was gone. these people had summer lives now. i watched these people. the same way i watched people where i had been. i knew a few more names. no one here knew what my life was like in the twin cities. no one here was interested in that life.

i was not connected here. i did not have a summer life here. i was out of context. again. this alone one. disconnected where i had gone. disconnected where i had lived.

that summer. i began to understand. i was alone. no matter where i was.

row after row
I bike to the river
summer corn



Altered Photograph

  • 8 x 12 Inches @ 300 ppi
  • Digital Drawing and Painting
  • Nikon D80 Digital Camera
  • Perfect Effects 8
  • Photoshop Elements 12


This is my response to the #MicroFWF Free Write Friday May 9, 2014 “that one summer” prompt, found on Kellie Elmore’s Facebook Page via Kellie Elmore’s Blog.

My response is in the form of haiga and haibun. Two of the many Haiku and Related Forms in the field of poetry.

Haibun is prose or poetry (other than haiku) plus one or more haiku.

Haiga is image which includes haiku as a part of the image—image and haiku as one work.



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