Beach Party Haibun

I don’t think I have ever attended a beach party, but when I lived in Cologne all those years ago, I often spent summer days with friends at a Baggerloch, a man-made lake, swimming and sunbathing until it got chilly, then we’d light a fire to cook food, play guitar, sing, and drink Kölsch and Rhein wine.

I remember one time, I’d removed my glasses to go for a swim and managed to reach an inflatable that someone had left floating in the middle of the lake. Drifting on wavelets created by a gentle breeze, I lost sense of time and, shading my eyes with my hand, strained to locate the spot where my friends were camped out. Luckily, they’d already lit a fire and the flames were visible, despite my myopia. When I reached the shore, I was disgruntled to discover that they hadn’t noticed I’d been gone!

lake shimmers with the day’s heat
campfire songs echo

Kim M. Russell, 25th July 2019

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 response to Carpe Diem #1710 Beach Party

Today’s prompt is ‘Beach Party’ and our task is to create a haibun or tan-bun with a maximum of 250 words.

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