Vacation in Verse

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Brooklyn Bridge burdened,

foreign feet defying

the New York heat-wave.


Sultry Manhattan,

roofs searing, scraping skyward,

bodies melt sidewalk.


Heat haze mocks early

morning desert fire and saps

what’s true, or no?


Summer surrendering,

heart enchanted, soul caressed –



Organic coffee,

warm graffiti welcomes my

fog-wrapped S/F day.


She made me feel me.

The best part is yet to come,

dare to be, at last?


Tweeting +googling,

Facebook frenzy with new friends,

continental connections.


De retour chez moi,

calme, les cigales chantent l’été

provençale oublié!

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8 Responses to Vacation in Verse

  1. Patricia Tilton says:

    What a lovely poem — you write so well. A lot of emotion. Can’t read the last line, but in my imagination I think, “My journey has been meaningful, but there is no place like home.” Don’t laugh too hard! 🙂

    • Joanna says:

      Thank you, Pat. Haha I think it is best not to translate the final haiku – then each person can come up with their own interpretation 😉

  2. Nice poem. So evocative… and makes it sound as if your time was a holiday in all the needed, best senses – exploration, relaxation, and friendship.

  3. Diane says:

    oh my that is lovely.

    Am I cheating/guessing here…..

    “Returning to my home, calm, singing cicadas in summertime, Providence forgotten”…….??? Whatever it is, I know it always sounds so much better hearing it in french….lol.

    • Joanna says:

      Pretty close, Diane. I can see I need to offer a translation. (but not in proper haiku form, I’m afraid)

      Back home, restful,
      cicadas sing of the
      forgotten Provençale summer. 🙂

  4. Great. Nice words for nice vacations.

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