Summer Bliss–Season’s Favorite Challenge

Red-hot poker plants (Kniphofia uvaria) on the...

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In summer, the song sings itself. William Carlos Williams

Summer Night
by Kobayashi Issa

Summer night–
even the stars
are whispering to each other.

Summer Bliss
by Victoria Ceretto-Slotto
a collection of Haiku

Sitting on the deck
garden sunshine and shadow
early morning bliss

A male oriole
lay lifeless ‘neath the Ash tree.
Flaming sunset paused.

Red hot pokers flaunt
their brilliant orange erections—
boasting, unashamed.

Those brilliant red globes
peek from behind floppy leaves.
Tomatoes galore!

Reno is Art Town
tourists stroll the Riverwalk
watch painters at work.

Summertime living
lazy river rolling on
bees search for pollen.

Growing corn surrounds
(hides mysteries and wonders)
in my Field of Dreams.

A Few of My Favorite Things:

Quote: William Carlos Williams—among my top twenty favorite poets

Poem: Summer Night by Kobayashi Issa—discovering and savoring Japanese poetry

Word: Sunshine

Animal: Orioles—visit our feeder several times a day–here’s a photo my husband took a few days ago:

Photo: David Slotto

Flower: Red Hot Pokers—help attract those orioles–the photo at the top of this post is of a red hot poker.

Food: Heirloom Tomatoes—ugly-looking delicious fruit that my husband grows from seed.

Town: Reno—in July, Reno celebrates ArTown, bringing all the arts to many venues every day. Most people equate the “Biggest Little City in the World” with divorce and gambling. Those of us who live here know better. To learn more about Artown visit:

2011 ArTown Poster Image by Kelly Peyton

Song: “Summertime”—steamy, sultry song from the musical “Porgy and Bess”

Book: “The Secret Life of Bees” –an exquisite novel, literary fiction, by Sue Monk Kidd. Every word is poetry.

Movie: “Field of Dreams”—a baseball classic starring Kevin Costner.

Images: Who can choose? I love the intense colors of nature.

Photo: V. Slotto

Written in response to Broken Sparkles  Season’s Favorite Challenge. Check it out at

16 thoughts on “Summer Bliss–Season’s Favorite Challenge

  1. […] a summer bliss childhood memories touched the darling buds of May. Sultry, lighting sparks and chaos […]


  2. Cherlyn says:

    I missed your summer post! Shame on me – well, at least it was because I was sick last weekend and it slipped my mind, not because I just plain forgot. I love your haikus of the seasons, it’s a nice way to share your favourites with us 🙂 The Secret Life of Bees is such a great book, I definitely love it :).


  3. Bodhirose says:

    You have some of my favorites here too, Victoria–“The Secret Life of Bees”, “Field of Dreams”, birds and flowers–you and your husband take some wonderful photos!

    Always enjoy your wonderful haiku.


  4. Trisha says:

    summer = celebration there
    summer = oven here.

    your summer sounds strangely like our winter.

    loved the beautiful post victoria and orioles are one of my favourite birds too, i have written a few posts about them, we call them benebou.


  5. dragonkatet says:

    Victoria, this was a wonderful collection for summer! I’ve heard that that book is a good one – it’s on my ‘must read’ list (so many on that list lol). I didn’t know about the hot pokers being good for attracting orioles, but that’s awesome that you are able to get such pretty pictures of them! And oh my gosh, yes, homegrown tomatoes are the BEST! We have a dish down here called “tomato pie” which is absolutely divine. I also had no idea that Reno was so artsy! Thank you for sharing and teaching me some new things. 🙂


  6. Congratulations on your Honorable Mention in last week’s Limerick-Off. Great job! Limerick of the Week 17


  7. ayala says:

    I love summer, and this is lovely.


  8. Jingle says:

    thoughtful post.


  9. Jamie Dedes says:

    What a beautiful collection, Victoria. Like Wm. Carlos Wm’s too. What is the quote you like?

    Your orioles are lovely. We had Ret Hot Pokers at our place in Humbolt. I was always intrigued by them. “The Secret Life of Bees” – hooray – an all-time fave. . . a rich and wonderful post. Thanks Victoria. Enjoyed much ….


  10. I like summer and I like your thoughts here. Another beautiful collection of words and haiku! The last photo by you with the red flower is really pretty, thanks for sharing! Happy weekend!


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  12. what blissful summer ode, smiles.

    deep and brilliant piece.


  13. jgavinallan says:

    Victoria this is soo beautiful. I love to read your words…the colors were stunning…i loved the last one…firey rose


  14. awww, I enjoyed the lovely pictures, imagery, nice 🙂


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