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The Joys of Summer

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Ravi Shankar Rajan is a software program director who writes on varied subjects from history, archaeology to leadership and poetry.

Summers Are Fun in India

Indian summers are brutal and unrelenting with temperatures reaching upwards of 45 degrees celsius in some areas. The blistering heat saps out the energy from the fittest of mortals.

But that said, summers are also the time when we bond together big time and engage in little joys of life, from eating ripe, succulent mangoes, indulging in bonhomie around campfires to celebrating with gusto, Holi, the beautiful festival of colors. Summers are also one of the best times for us to devote time to house cleaning activities or even playing our favorite games in the maddening heat.

Here are some haikus that celebrate the joys of Summer. Needless to say, all the haikus are inspired by Brenda Arledge's week-27 prompt "Summer".

Eating a Fresh Mango

Rouged lips, who cares,
As she devours with relish,
the fresh, ripe mango.

Waking Up to See the Sunrise

Pond of red iris,
reflecting my new, calm self,
greeting the sunrise.

Swimming in the Nude

Pink, red lotuses
infuse power into me.
swimming in the nude.

Staring at the Flames of a Campfire

Loud guests, harried host,
all quiet, contemplating,
over a campfire.

Gathering Flowers

Sounds of cicadas,
piercing the nippy morning,
gathering flowers.

Walking on the Sand

squelching underneath,
wet sands soothen my frayed nerves,
walking barefoot.

Cleaning Time

Cleaning a drawer,
my best memories peep out.
Ah, tranquility!

Sleeping Blissfully

Tiring soccer game,
Sleeping within fresh, clean sheets,
madness locked away.

Happy Holi

Bright colors, warm vibes,
in every nook and corner.
Happy Holi to all.

Writing on the Sand

Writing on the sand,
my own list of simple joys
Pure relaxation.

© 2021 Ravi Rajan

Comments

Ravi Rajan (author) from Mumbai on August 26, 2021:

Thanks Brenda

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on August 26, 2021:

Lol...i spelled complain wrong & put ate instead of are.

Sorry...I'm at a doctor's office.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on August 26, 2021:

Ravi

I'm not going to conplain about the heat here anymore.. 113 degrees (45 Celsius) is way too hot.

I hope you have air conditioning to enjoy those get togethers during the heat of the day.

These ate great Haikus that represent the summer.

My favorites are:

Gathering Flowers

Sounds of cicadas,

piercing the nippy morning,

gathering flowers.

Walking on the Sand

squelching underneath,

wet sands soothen my frayed nerves,

walking barefoot.

Summer reminds us of so many moments. I can picture eating the fresh fruit.

I posted a link in the word prompt article.

Ravi Rajan (author) from Mumbai on August 26, 2021:

Thanks, Chitrangada for your kind comments.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on August 26, 2021:

Excellent response to the word prompt, Summer.

Your well composed haikus, refreshed my memories of the Summer vacations, spent during my childhood, and my children’s childhood. How we used to pack our bags, to enjoy time with family at our native place. So much fun, enjoyment, good food, creative activities and what not! Your response definitely brought a smile on my face.

Thank you for sharing these wonderful haikus.

Ravi Rajan (author) from Mumbai on August 26, 2021:

Thanks Misbah for your kind comments

Misbah Sheikh from The World of Poets on August 26, 2021:

Ravi, These wonderful haiku were a pleasure to read. The Mango and Holi one was my favorite. Thank you for sharing

Blessings!!

Ravi Rajan (author) from Mumbai on August 26, 2021:

Thanks Vidya

VIDYA D SAGAR on August 26, 2021:

I can relate to the joys of Summer that you have recreated in your poems Ravi. The delicious mangoes, the bonhomie with the family when children are on vacation, the colors of Holi all bring out nice memories. I enjoyed reading all you haikus. An excellent response to Brenda's word prompt of this week. Thanks for sharing.

Ravi Rajan (author) from Mumbai on August 26, 2021:

Thanks Miebakagh

Miebakagh Fiberesima from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA. on August 26, 2021:

Beautiful and lovely. Thanks.

Ravi Rajan (author) from Mumbai on August 25, 2021:

Thanks John

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on August 25, 2021:

These haiku are wonderful, Ravi. they really highlight summer, particularly as you enjoy it in India. Well done.

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