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.

Fort Fright

On top of the hill

where two rivers meet

a Halloween event

lighted up by Hunter’s Moon,

warm wood smoke and History.


I have been hoping to witness the second full moon of autumn for the last few days. The official full moon day was Wednesday but viewing can be good a few days before and after the official date. Unfortunately my moon view was blocked by cloud cover until Thursday night when I was at Fort Henry, an historical site on the St Lawrence and Cataraqui Rivers, for an event called ‘Fort Fright’.

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turkey vultures

we saw them twice

their winged magnificence and

yellow-hooked beaks

circling high in autumn sky

en route to a winter home


Photo credit: bones64 posted on Pixabay

Bird migration is the theme of this week’s Haikai challenge. Not being a bird expert, I can only guess that the vultures I saw lately were on their way south, but it seems to be an explanation for their recent appearance. Turkey vultures are listed as birds on the move in Ontario at this time of year.

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