Goodbye to Summer

After the heat of summer, I welcome the chill of autumn, the expressive rolling clouds, dramatic sunsets and flash storms. It’s almost as if the lion of summer is standing at the door of the season until autumn pushes him out – and this year it has been a long transition. In our garden, leaves are still on the trees, although the berries radiate a stunning scarlet glow. What I am waiting for is the turning of the leaves from green to gold and crimson; the feeling of elation as I kick a pile of leaf skeletons and inhale the musty scent of decay; the joy of getting caught in a short shower; the feeling of a scarf around my neck and gloves on my hands, while my face tingles. As I look out of the window, raindrops drip from the faded honeysuckle leaves, yellow tinged but still hanging on to the tangled, dried up vine.

autumn thunder growls
summer licks its wounds and turns
first leaves are falling

© Kim M. Russell, 2016


My response to Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie Heeding Haiku With Chèvrefeuille October 12th 2016 autumn leaves

This week it’s time for haibun and Chèvrefeuille has challenged us to create a haibun about autumn with a maximum of 500 words (including the haiku); try to write a haiku following the classical rules:

  • a kigo
  • a kireji
  • 5-7-5 syllables
  • interchangeable first and third line
  • and maybe a deeper meaning

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