Her Majesty–Haibun Monday

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Her Majesty
a Haibun

Whoa, it is hot and dry here in the Truckee Meadows. The leaves on our tomato plants get droopy unless David takes care in watering them daily, or more often. But the fruit on the vine blushes, then reddens—kissed by the high desert sunshine. Sagging, dried out day lilies need constant deadheading and even the intrepid evening primrose drops its lovely pink blooms. I’ve missed the brilliant orange flashes of orioles, which have migrated to cooler climes. They came morning and evening to drink of the nectar we provide—bees and even a few wasps have moved in as their replacement.

Evening breeze offers relief and nighttime temperatures plummet. We sleep with open windows, disturbed only by the wail of passing trains on the other side of the Truckee. Up early to walk the dogs and do garden chores before the heat descends.

Last week I made my way up the winding road to the cool of the lake and made a new friend.

Tahoe waits on high.
Winding roads give way to blue.
She hides her secrets.

(Note: the average water temperature of Lake Tahoe about 68 degrees F at the surface, 39 degrees deeper. Too often people will be careless, not wear life jackets and quickly die of hypothermia. This happened last month when a UNR football player died in a jet ski incident. They searched for days but were unable to find his body.)

Written for Toni’s prompt for Monday Haibun—Heat—at dVerse Poet’s Pub. Please join us.

27 thoughts on “Her Majesty–Haibun Monday

  1. Getting to be the same type of weather around here–hot, desert-like sun and heat during the day and blissfully cool nights. The sprinklers keep the lawns and plants happy. Also the same as far as nearly all bodies of water (ocean, river, and river-fed lakes). They are cold! Not at all like back east where lake temps would often get to the low to mid 70s at the beaches.

    I’m safe from any weather-related dangers. I admire the great outdoors from the great indoors (except for when I’m walking Fozzie)! 😉

    Beautiful photo! 🙂

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  2. brian miller says:

    i love finding the roads that wind and that those that are not local do not know about, finding those hidden treasures. i like sleeping with the window open as well – and embrace the trains, i grew up listening to them as i fell asleep. they draw me home.

    having just gotten home from the beach and a little R&r with T, everything is dead for having not been watered for 4 days…oy.

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    • The kind of heat you are having now can be deadly to everything. Be careful. 103 here yesterday and today is supposed to be hotter. It’s dry heat so much better than humidity. Enjoy what is left of your summer.


  3. Misky says:

    And to think that my tomatoes are still the size of marbles and deep green because our summer is too cool and too wet. Love this haibun. Victoria. Wonderfully done.

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  4. rmp says:

    this is lovely. the heat this summer here too is quite unbearable, but so too are the night…there really has been no reprieve. I can truly picture and feel for the foliage you describe.

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  5. Bodhirose says:

    That’s the beauty of the desert…those nice plummeting temperatures after the hot days. A pleasant contrast. I have a friend whose daughter and her family live in Truckee. There’s a lake that the family frequents in the summer and although the water is very cold, the children swim in it until they’re teeth are chattering!

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  6. Lovely descriptions in this piece. I felt I was there.


  7. Lovely descriptive writing, Victoria. Lake Tahoe is such a beautiful spot. I have family members who live in Truckee. Such a tragic story about the unfortunate footballer.


  8. lillian says:

    Oh so very sad to read that within her beauty she hides a body that was not aware of her depths and dangers.
    Beautiful description of the various responses of nature in your garden to the heat. Right now – we cannot open our windows because of evening heat. Air conditioner hum is a constant city sound – outside and in — for those fortunate enough to have it.

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  9. I love this – the heat of the prose, and then the cooling response of the haiku. And I’ve learned something, too…


  10. Sumana Roy says:

    the haiku has a real cooling effect after the walk through summer heat….a beautiful haibun…


  11. kim881 says:

    Thank you, Victoria, for such a beautiful snapshot of Lake Tahoe.


  12. Kate Mia says:

    Oh goodness.. had no idea
    that the water of Lake
    Tahoe plummets under
    neath the surface
    in the summer
    in the high thirties
    there.. ugh.. clear
    water springs freeze
    most people here..
    but it’s nothing
    like that.. very
    interesting.. thanks
    for sharing… i kinda
    like moisture and don’t
    wanna get too dried out…

    Desert dreAMns
    Gulf Myst Breeze..:)

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  13. jillys2016 says:

    Lovely imagery and the birds being replaced by the bees is so representative of that dog days feel. Well done!


  14. Grace says:

    I would love to visit that blue Lake someday. Good for your to take that trip and meet up with friends, Victoria. The heat is unbearable nowadays.

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  15. Amazing it’s so hot up there! love the haiku!

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  16. What a shame your garden is suffering so! I wish more cooling times soon.

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  17. Tahoe is an extinct volcano. 1600+ feet deep. So sorry that your garden has succumbed to the heat. I wonder how it will affect the heartland.


  18. kanzensakura says:

    The post on FB about this meeting was wonderful. Is Tahoe a crater lake? I know crater lakes often are cooler than standard ones. Great haibun. My tomatoes are sad and my squash has given up.

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