summer solstice—
the Shiraz
we’ve been waiting to open


11 Responses

  1. Alan Summers Says:

    Enjoyed your haiku!

    Shiraz, the fifth most populous city of Iran and the capital of Fars Province, but known to most Westerners as a grape for wine:

    Syrah or Shiraz is a dark-skinned grape grown throughout the world and used primarily to produce red wine.

    Syrah is used as a varietal and is also blended. Following several years of strong planting, Syrah was estimated in 2004 to be the world's 7th most grown grape at 142,600 hectares (352,000 acres).

    DNA profiling in 1999 found Syrah to be the offspring of two obscure grapes from southeastern France, Dureza and Mondeuse blanche.

    Legends of Syrah's origins come from one of its synonyms – Shiraz. Because Shiraz, the very old city in Iran (1 hour far from Persepolis the Achaemenid Empire residence), produced the well-known Shirazi wine, legends claim the Syrah grape originated in Shiraz and then was brought to Rhône.

    Source: wikipedia

    I associate white wine with Summer, but I'm a sucker for the red stuff even in the current season.

    All I can do is toast your haiku in the hot British summer (no irony this time).

    Alan

  2. Alexa Selph Says:

    Alan,
    Thank you for your kind words, and for clarifying the (possible) Shiraz/Syrah connection!

    etymology—
    where roots
    meet sunlight

  3. Jeff Hoagland Says:

    Beautiful Alexa – Love the sense of longing present here as well as the engagement of the senses. Thank you for this haiku. I'm afraid I've slipped into gin and tonic mode but I will open a bottle of wine in honor of your haiku tonight!

  4. polona Says:

    ah, the suspense…
    enjoyed!

  5. haikuapprentice Says:

    Ah… A delightfully sensuous poem.
    I am enjoying savouring the sounds, reading it aloud a few times.

    Here in Australia we have just passed the winter solstice, and it is cold. But your verse seems to carry with it a warming richness from the northern climes.

    Cheers!

    Strider

  6. Pat Culpepper Says:

    I love it, Alexa.

  7. dawndream1 Says:

    Very nice, Alexa! Summer solstice is just about as important to me as Christmas is.

  8. Alan Summers Says:

    spooned from rioja
    the winefly stumbles
    over damp assam teabags

    Alan Summers
    Publications credits: Blithe Spirit 10:1 (2000)

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