autumn colours: haiku

on this blue sphere

seasons excite retinal cells

doors of spectral light



who will colour autumn when we are gone?



Chèvrefeuille, host of Carpe Diem Haiku Kai, provides us with this image (found on Pinterest) with the suggestion to find an impression of autumn and to express it in a haiku or other Japanese poetry.

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a cherita haibun: lamplight

We shiver awake in late autumn

As the sun sleeps

we make breakfast and tea

Until the sky brightens

with solar glow

to light our way.

more dark than light

in this somnolent time

my lamp flickers



Note: I have combined a cherita with a haiku to create a “cherita haibun” for Carpe Diem #1544 which features “autumn lamplight” a kigo (season word) for Japanese haiku.

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on the road: haiku and tanka

retro radio

I catch up

with my teen era


autumn slush rain

fresh colour on the road

lemon puddles


defog on high

no heat on the floor

the wipers squeak

a doleful autumn preview

of winter driving


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I wrote the closing tanka in response to Carpe Diem #1543 Rainstorm which challenges us to write haiku or tanka about a rainstorm without referring to it directly.

autumn memory: haibun

My father left this world almost 30 years ago.

Strolling an autumn path inhaling its fragrance, hearing its rustle, I remember the hills near my childhood home.

in the Gatineau

time unwinds in autumn winds

hiking with father


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For Heeding Haiku With Chèvrefeuille, November 7th 2018 the voice of the wind

“Haibun” is a literary form originating in Japan traditionally composed of prose and haiku.