I didn’t expect to take up today’s Blogathon 2011 theme of haiku because I’m not one to write poetry, let alone haiku, but yesterday I had half an hour to spare waiting to pick up my son in downtown Chicago, so I walked over to Buckingham Fountain, sat on a bench in the mild light of the early spring evening, and took notes on my surroundings. Little did I know that I was preparing to write my first haiku:

The fountain spews.
Its veil of water billows
in the lake breeze.