autumn comes in fast
temperatures shift, currents change
summer birds depart
sunny mornings vaporise
into mist and cloudy skies
Kim M. Russell, 2017
My response to Carpe Diem Haiku Kai Autumn Retreat 2017 ‘departure’
Every season, Chèvrefeuille tries to organize a ‘retreat’; the one for this autumn starts on 15th July and ends on 15th August. He says he has called it ‘departure’ because he associates autumn with departing, ‘letting go’ or releasing, at a time when nature is saying goodbye to summer with a display of beautiful colours before going into hibernation. The goal is to post a haiku or tanka every day for 30 days on the theme of ‘departure’.