Summer Child – A Haibun

I was born right around the summer solstice.  I truly am a summer child and come to life each year when the days are longer and filled with sunshine.   Overcast days leave me moody and sometimes give me a headache.  As I was born and raised in London there were many rainy, grey days which only made us appreciate the sunshine all the more.  Even my favorite Shakespeare play is A Midsummer Night’s Dream!

Now, later in life, I live in Florida where it is sunny every day and the weather is never cold.  Yes, it rains, but it is warm rain that you can walk in and we always have an abundance of pretty clouds.  You could say I am in my element and I am where I was meant to be.

A child of summer
Where sunshine lifted spirits
Shadows drained her heart
Copyright © 2021 Christine Bolton - Poetry for Healing
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Frank Tassone is hosting Haibun Monday at D'Verse Poets tonight
and has prompted us to write a Haibun about the Summer Solstice.

Image by Sarah Richter from Pixabay 

  28 comments for “Summer Child – A Haibun

  1. June 24, 2021 at 1:16 pm

    Beautiful being in your element. Mine might be the opposite.

    • Christine Bolton
      June 24, 2021 at 7:36 pm

      Thank you ☺️ Ah, yes we seem to be drawn to the season of our birth. Hope you are well Jude.

      • June 25, 2021 at 3:02 am

        I’ve never looked at it like that. warrants a little bit more research though. i hope i was born in a storm. don’t know if my mother remembers, i have 8 siblings.

      • Christine Bolton
        June 25, 2021 at 4:04 pm

        Oh how fun, 8 siblings! No wonder your mom might not remember ☺️💕🌺

      • June 26, 2021 at 6:27 am

        Hehe, 🙏🏾💜

  2. June 23, 2021 at 9:58 am

    So happy that you found ‘your place’! A delightful read.

    • Christine Bolton
      June 23, 2021 at 12:03 pm

      Thank you Susan ☺️🌺

  3. June 22, 2021 at 3:42 pm

    I love summer, but I am so used that you have to treat every day with sunny weather with awe… living in a climate with only summer would stress me out. I need those cloudy days as well.

    • Christine Bolton
      June 23, 2021 at 12:18 am

      I do understand that however we do have our grey days too during tropical storms and hurricanes 😦 but the sun, white puffy clouds and blue sky gives us so many entertaining reasons to be thankful for our weather. ☺️👍

  4. Beverly Crawford
    June 22, 2021 at 12:47 pm

    Florida is indeed the happy place for a child of summer! Love the image that accompanied your story!

  5. June 22, 2021 at 8:58 am

    The sunshine makes my spirit sparkle as well. Enjoyed your haibun.

    • Christine Bolton
      June 22, 2021 at 12:58 pm

      Thanks K ☺️🌺 ☀️ 🌞

  6. Christine Bolton
    June 22, 2021 at 8:25 am

    I was born in Forest Gate in the East End. Lived there growing up and also Putney for a while and then moved to Chertsey in Surrey when I got married. Not far from Epsom! Then we came to the US and lived in VA and TX and then ended up in FL. ☺️

  7. June 22, 2021 at 3:59 am

    I feel you, Christine! Though I’m from the UK, I never felt at home in the grey and cold weather. I’m interested to know whereabouts in London you lived? I lived in Finsbury Park for a short time, then moved out to Epsom.

  8. June 22, 2021 at 3:13 am

    I’m an Autumn child the colour of the leaves turning red, gold and orange fill me with delight. September.

    • Christine Bolton
      June 22, 2021 at 8:16 am

      I find this association with birth season so interesting. ☺️

  9. June 22, 2021 at 2:24 am

    Lovely 💘

    How old were you when you moved to the USA?


    • Christine Bolton
      June 22, 2021 at 8:17 am

      I was 32. I came with husband and baby. ☺️

  10. June 22, 2021 at 12:41 am

    Where sunshine lifted spirits
    Shadows drained her heart

    This is heart-wrenching in a way… maybe, my perspective…

    • Christine Bolton
      June 22, 2021 at 8:19 am

      Thank you Rena. I just think the elements affect us in many ways.

  11. June 21, 2021 at 10:55 pm

    I love this piece, Christine. You really are in your element there, especially with Florida. I would have been a summer child too but I was born a little too early lol. Beautifully, gorgeously penned as always! <3 <3

    • Christine Bolton
      June 22, 2021 at 12:24 am

      Thank you dear Lucy. You are always so sweet ☺️💕🌺

  12. June 21, 2021 at 10:00 pm

    I love your haibun and the story that goes along with it!

    • Christine Bolton
      June 22, 2021 at 12:23 am

      Thanks Dwight. I always appreciate your kind words ☺️

      • June 22, 2021 at 10:30 am

        You are welcome! Thank you.

  13. June 21, 2021 at 7:45 pm

    You’re in the right place!

    • Christine Bolton
      June 21, 2021 at 9:43 pm

      Yes I think I am Sadje ☺️💕🌺

      • June 22, 2021 at 12:36 am


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