Līgo Haibun Challenge #9…bridge

Posted: July 1, 2014 in Haibun
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Ese, of “Ese’s  Voice”, has set us a challenge of writing a haibun including either the word “bridge” or “fountain.”  I chose the former in a paean to spring’s wealth of fruit.


I stand by the kitchen garbage can eating cherries. Pull out the stem, toss it away, pop the cherry in my mouth. The decision: roll it around for mouth feel, enjoying the coolness and smoothness before eating it OR eat it immediately, savoring the juicy summer taste of it before spitting the pit (or letting it drop) into the can. I’m hungry and the taste is exquisite. It’s Sherlockian eating…elementary, my dear Watson…just eat and spit, eat and spit. The pits make a satisfying sound as they hit the takeout container that held the ribs my husband brought home from a work lunch, pork ribs smoked over applewood, then glazed. The leftovers reside in the fridge until tomorrow.


Spring is an orgy of fruit, beginning with strawberries, segueing into raspberries, blueberries and blackberries; delicacies that are the bridge between the stored or imported fruits of winter and the in-season, freshly-picked indulgences of summer. Outdoor markets are awash with heaping baskets of colorful fruit, perfect for al fresco lunches, submarined in glasses of champagne or sangria, or eaten greedily out-of-hand from bushes or baskets.



  1. Madhu says:

    A delicious bridge! 🙂 Great job Janet.

  2. Love fruit. Ate a bowl of cherries last night. 🙂 Our blueberries and raspberries are just starting to turn. Fruit eating is good!

  3. I’ve been devouring cherries this summer like mad. Often exactly as you describe!

  4. Ese' s Voice says:

    You have captured the essence of summer in such a delightful, vivid and….tasty way, Janet! We surely have been on the same wavelength about cherries… 🙂
    I could add link of your haibun to our inlinkz – if it is ok with you.

  5. words4jp says:

    Yum – I live for lemons;) tart and tangy and yummy:)

  6. julespaige says:

    Fruit one bridge to our fountain of health. I actually found a new fruit which didn’t have a combined name, but a combined taste; pear/apple. I was also watching a cooking show where the fruit punch was loaded with orange, and apple slices and cut grapes. Yum.

  7. I love your word picture of unashamed indulgence, Janet. I wish we had an abundance of berries and cherries here, instead of the expensive tiny punnets on our supermarket shelves.

    • Although there have been berries at the markets, I’ve gotten most of mine from the ethnic grocery stores nearby and had some sweet organic berries from Costco. 🙂 So glad you enjoyed the description, too.


  8. Sue Slaght says:

    Very creative description. As you talked about the cherries I knew exactly what you meant. Loving all the wonderful fruit of summer!

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