Running Through the Sprinkler (Poetry)

The following poem was recently published in The Weekly Avocet. This is a haibun, a poetry form that combines a paragraph of prose with a stanza of haiku. You can click the link below to hear me read it.

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running through the sprinkler.mp3

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RUNNING THROUGH THE SPRINKLER

I stand on the sidewalk, a jet of cold water in front of me, my impaired eyes unable to find a way around it, as cars whoosh by on the busy street. The ninety-degree sun beats down. A tepid breeze caresses my face. I remember how fun it was to run through the sprinkler as a kid. Why not, I think. With a hearty “Yahoo!” I dash into the water’s inviting coolness.

a hot summer day
cold water sweeps over me
I’m a child again

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What did you do to cool off in the summer when you were a kid?

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Abbie Johnson Taylor
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3 thoughts on “Running Through the Sprinkler (Poetry)

  1. Pingback: AUTHOR’S CORNER: Running Through the Sprinkler (Poetry) | Abbie’s Corner of the World | Campbells World

  2. Hi, Abbie–What a sweet slice of summer!  No matter how hot the day, my Willow–despite her Labrador Retriever status–assumes her duty is to never guide me through any sprinkler.

        Congratulations on another publication in THE AVOCET!

    Happy summer!

    Alice and Willow

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