I was lucky . . .

The summers of my privileged youth were filled with riding bicycles with my best friend, June; drinking from the garden hose; drawing hopscotch grids with colored chalk; climbing Mrs. Jester’s apple trees; running through sprinklers in the back yard; and fishing off the Lake Michigan pier with my dad. Once every summer, my mom bought a box of popsicles and doled them out to me and my friends. Everyone else fought over the red ones. I always had the yellow ones to myself. I guess nobody else liked banana.

hot city summer
steam hovers over pavement
tempers flare, guns pop



Frank is hosting haibun Monday at dVerse, the virtual pub for poets. Today he asks us to consider summer. Photos from my childhood, in the early 1950s. Pub opens at 3 PM Boston time. Come join us!

Haibun: one or two paragraphs of succinct prose, usually biographical in nature, followed by a haiku that amplifies the theme, but does not duplicate the prose.

15 thoughts on “I was lucky . . .

  1. rothpoetry May 23, 2022 / 4:30 pm

    What great memories! I loved popsicles. I used to save the coupon on the back of the sticky wrapper to send off for prizes… what were they thinking!!??

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  2. Rob Kistner May 23, 2022 / 5:29 pm

    Such an enjoyable read Lil! And ha — I preferred the banana as well. Weren’t our friends foolish… 🙂

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  3. K.Hartless May 23, 2022 / 8:20 pm

    So many memories. Thank you for sharing them, and the haiku, a firecracker in and of itself. Banana popsicles, what a memory. I agree, they were the best.

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  4. Quaranjavirus May 24, 2022 / 1:21 pm

    Drinking from the garden hose… I can totally relate to that! We pool our money and go out to the local shops for cool drinks and ice creams(lemon soda is the rage here during summer). 🙂

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  5. Helen May 24, 2022 / 1:58 pm

    I would have joined you in calling for the Banana popsicle!!!! A sweet summery Haibun, Ms. Lillian.

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  6. roost1350 June 6, 2022 / 1:06 am

    Ah…we always begged our mom for the single popsicles but she always got the ones with two sticks and it was up to us to split them to share…never worked out equally.! Good memories now.

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    • lillian June 6, 2022 / 4:54 pm

      Yep….we only had the double stick ones and had to share as well. But no one else liked the banana so I always got the whole thing! 🙂

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      • roost1350 June 12, 2022 / 7:28 pm

        Good memories!

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