Haiku #21 – Autumn

Haiku: A Japanese lyric verse form having three unrhymed lines of five, seven, and five syllables, traditionally invoking an aspect of nature or the seasons.
Senryu: a poem that is written in a similar form and emphasizes irony, satire, humor, and human foibles…
Haiga: a style of Japanese painting based on the aesthetics of haikai, and usually including a haiku. Today, haiga artists combine haiku with paintings, photographs and other art.
(So says Wikipedia.)

Photo by Kat

Sloughing spiraea
Gilt leaves twinkle to earth—
Glittering galaxy.

Kat Mortensen©2009

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Haiku #19 – Autumn

Haiku: A Japanese lyric verse form having three unrhymed lines of five, seven, and five syllables, traditionally invoking an aspect of nature or the seasons.
Senryu: a poem that is written in a similar form and emphasizes irony, satire, humor, and human foibles…

Haiga: a style of Japanese painting based on the aesthetics of haikai, and usually including a haiku. Today, haiga artists combine haiku with paintings, photographs and other art.
(So says Wikipedia.)



Photo by Kat

Respite from the pile
Leaves daunt their adversary—
No rake’s progress.

Kat Mortensen©2009

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Autumn Reflection

Photo borrowed from Flickr

The Fall

Imagine all the leaves on trees
Are persons waving in the breeze
Of Spring and Summer–soon to Fall;
They live in harmony with all.
Through sun and rain they float on air,
Extend to others, kindness–care,
Opening themselves, to shelter wings
Without complaint or any strings.

Come Autumn and our dear ones drop;
The wild-eyed winds each stripling, strop;
Then we step up to rake them in–
Souls of the Dead, removed from sin,
And toss them on their funeral pyre,
To watch their flames dance ever higher;
Float up to Heaven’s Gate, unbarred,
And rightly claim their just reward.

Kathleen Mortensen © 2008

Before the Shows of Summer

Photo by Drain on Flickr

The Greenery

The garden greenery,
So overgrown and blown,
Lush, the rushes,
Harbour thrushes–
Lawn longs to be mown.

The garden greenery,
Lime-painted leaves enclose,
Clandestine spaces,
Insectual places–
Inspections close, expose.

The garden greenery,
Verdant with emerald hues,
Reeds and grasses,
Where puss-cat passes–
Seeking scat-sniff clues.

The garden greenery,
Recedes to backstage place,
Perennials “pop”,
Flush florals, crop–
‘Til snowflakes they embrace.

Kathleen Mortensen ©2008