Ryokuu – Summer Rain


Rain. I watch as it falls gently from the dim sky. Petrichor rising in the warmth of summer day. Flooded with memories of a childhood fear. Cold drops on my delicate skin brought instant tears to my six-year-old eyes. The fear is now gone as I lift my arms, welcoming the summer rain to kiss my skin, still delicate as the child before.

Falling gentle rain
Tears from summer green eyes
Fear is now gone

© Josslyn Rae Turner
© Elena Kalis

This is for Haibun Monday for dVerse, hosted by Toni. Our assignment is to write a haibun with rain as the subject. There are more than 50 words for rain in Japanese. I chose ryokuu, which means summer rain. Go visit us at dVerse to learn more about the prompt and read more haibuns.


32 thoughts on “Ryokuu – Summer Rain

  1. Wonderfully serene and beautiful. And you taught me a new word: Petrichor. LOL I’d never heard the word before, but now I know it means, “a pleasant smell that frequently accompanies the first rain after a long period of warm, dry weather.” Thank you! 🙂

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  2. Petrichor is one of my favorite words. Learned it in an environmental engineering class ages ago. And I use it every chance I get! Your haiku on this is exquisite. The green eyes of summer – oh how I love that. The haibun is excellent as well. The fear is gone….how wonderful that is. I don’t know why you felt intimidated. You nailed it girl!

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  3. Beautifully rendered. I like the compact style you have used to convey much with less. Your haiku is divine with “tears from summer green eyes”. I look forward to reading more of your haibuns, Josslyn. 🙂

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