The Birds Have Flown – A Haibun

There is a magical day in late April or early May when I pull out of my garage, head to the road and there are hardly any cars to be seen. A smile will light up my face and I will exclaim “They have gone” and a long sigh of relief will leave my body.

Our little coastal “city” quietens down and you can almost feel its heartbeat slowing in gratitude. Yes, the snowbirds would have flown back north and the traffic jams will be no more. There will be no one driving 40 mph in the fast lane. We will be able to get a doctor’s or dentist’s appointment once more and no waiting for a restaurant reservation.

Off-season is my favorite season of the year.

Snowbirds have flown north
Peaceful solitude returns
Beach pristine once more

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Linda Lee Lyberg is hosting Haibun Monday at D’Verse and has prompted us with ‘Late Spring’

  17 comments for “The Birds Have Flown – A Haibun

  1. Rob Kistner
    April 25, 2023 at 1:00 pm

    The rigors of living in paradise Christine, but look at the beauty that’s around you, my friend, wonderful. 🙂✌🏼🫶🏼

    • Christine Bolton
      April 25, 2023 at 1:28 pm

      Oh Rob it’s such a tough life but somebody has to do it, right!? LOL. 🤣 yes, there is beauty all around and I wouldn’t swap that for anything.

  2. April 25, 2023 at 12:43 pm

    Yours is a wonderful “take” on the pesky snowbirds. Will confess to being one this past January. Thankfully. But I always drive the speed limit, sometimes exceed it. LOL

    • Christine Bolton
      April 25, 2023 at 1:24 pm

      I know you understand, Helen! I wasn’t throwing out any digs. It’s just an observation. It’s like night and day, dark and light. They are all here and then the next moment they’re gone. Poof! 😀

  3. April 25, 2023 at 10:23 am

    We deal with snowbirds here in Arizona too. I can totally relate! Love your haibun, Christine.

    • Christine Bolton
      April 25, 2023 at 1:26 pm

      Yes you are in the same situation we are. It’s some thing we live with and many businesses rely on them. It’s just such a pleasant change when it goes quiet as you know. ☺️💕

      • April 25, 2023 at 1:42 pm

        Yes, and much easier to get around town. 😊

  4. April 25, 2023 at 10:19 am

    So different when summer is off-season… but I can appreciate a more quiet time.

    • Christine Bolton
      April 25, 2023 at 1:22 pm

      Yes, it’s a very stark contrast.

  5. Gillena Cox
    April 25, 2023 at 6:10 am

    Enjoy your quiet time.
    Happy Spring.


    • Christine Bolton
      April 25, 2023 at 9:56 am

      Thank you Gillena. You too! ☺️💕

  6. April 25, 2023 at 2:51 am

    I can understand this feeling of yours. Excellent expression

    • Christine Bolton
      April 25, 2023 at 9:57 am

      Thank you Sadje! ☺️💕

      • April 25, 2023 at 9:58 am

        You’re welcome ☺️

  7. April 24, 2023 at 11:05 pm

    Very nice. I can imagine the summers are full of beachgoers.

    • Christine Bolton
      April 25, 2023 at 9:59 am

      Thank you Dwight. Its actually the winter months when we have the influx of tourists from October to April. In the summers the beaches are ours again ☺️💕

      • April 25, 2023 at 5:46 pm


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