montgolfière (haibun)

Photo: Hot Air Balloon Shadow by Snupi2001 @
Photo: Hot Air Balloon Shadow by Snupi2001 @

Every August there is a festival of hot air balloons in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, called Festival International de Montgolfières. The first hot air balloon was developed by the brothers, Michel Montgolfier and Jacques Eitienne Montgolphier from Annonay, France, in 1782.*

Our family lived near this St- Jean. Hot air balloons depend mostly on calmer winds, 10 miles an hour or less. Therefore just after dawn or late afternoons near dusk generally have less wind speed.  We would sometimes see a shadow cast over the field behind our house during dinner just before sunset.

It is always a thrill to see them up in the air when they take off as a fleet with the varied burst of colours in the sky. Last year I stopped on the highway to look at five balloons floating over Mont St-Grégoire. Such a calming effect when they float over you and you can hear only the puffs of air blowing into the fabric of the balloon.

 In this prompt of Heeding Haiku with HA at MindLoveMisery’sMenagerie, we are given two words, chestnut (autumn) and balloon (spring). What came to mind was the festival a month before autumn. August is considered early autumn.

L’ombre d’une montgolfière

plane au vent doux du mois d’août

mulot fuit le chat

© Tournesol ’14

August wind casts

shadow of a hot air balloon

mouse dodged the cat

© Tournesol ’14

 * History of le mongolfière

13 thoughts on “montgolfière (haibun)”

  1. I agree, “Beautiful”–at first I thought the photo was of a heart, which was lovely–and the idea of a hot air heart balloon is something! I can’t even imagine the magic of seeing the calm “flock” of balloons overhead. Interesting that August is “early autumn” there.


      1. Oh well, the marvelous thing about poetry is that it’s no felony to be inaccurate. I used to fret, trying to make sure everything I wrote–definitions, usage–was perfect; and then I discovered that readers don’t actually notice much….which at first was depressing, then freeing.


      2. Rules are fine, they offer me structure–but I’ve learned they can be flexible to allow for creativity. Oooh, thanks for the new “cherita” form–that sounds lovely!


      1. 8 yrs, oh gee! I’ll bet it can be salvaged–where would we be without techs. Sending up a prayer for restoration!


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