Summer In A Haiku ~ NPR

Cotton candy smiles/and merry go round horses/in soft sudden rain — Cindy Guentherman, Loves Park, Ill. 

People love summer.
We heard they love haiku too.
Put those together …

Last month, to help mark the official start of summer, we asked our listeners to share their thoughts, feelings and memories of the season in the form of a haiku. We were overwhelmed with the responses — in all, more than 4,000 listeners wrote in.

The haiku you sent us evoked all kinds of summer memories. Some said summer reminds them of ice cream or trips to the beach. Others shared precious memories of young love.

Our own staff got in the mix too. Morning Edition’s Rachel Martin said summer reminds her of catching lightning bugs. NPR’s resident poet, Kwame Alexander, said summer reminds him of playing stickball.


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