Changing Sky

Autumn walks are for me the most beautiful. I have been doing the same lap for months now, but I never tire of road, bridge, lane, past the boats and horses, and back round again, usually at the same after my evening meal.

lichen on the bridge
flowing into wintertime
the steadfast river

I get to see the same dog walkers, one of the horses knows my voice and comes over to greet me with a nod, and I am always stunned by the daily shifts in the landscape: green turning to yellow and red; berries on bush and tree; acorns crunching underfoot.

in ochre stubble
last vestiges of summer
solitary crow

But I also look up to the changing sky, which is often dramatic at this time of year, as the days grow shorter and long nights draw in. Perhaps I will take earlier walks so as not to miss a sunset.

sunset’s golden light
gently fades into twilight
the moon an old friend

Kim M. Russell, 26th September 2022

Xenia is our host for Haibun Monday this week, and her prompt has a timely title: September Song. September and October are my favourite months, so this is a welcome theme for me. Not only has she given us a lovely theme, but also some advice about writing haibun in the form of a quotes from Paresh Tiwari. I won’t forget: “If the prose is a meandering path, the haiku are birdcalls,” and Xenia’s lovely haibun example.

For today’s Haibun Monday, Xenia invites us to create haibun about September. She says that the prose can be narrative, lyrical or terse, and the ku can be either a three-line haiku or a monoku (haiku in a single line). We can have alternating blocks of prose and verse, as long as the total word count does not exceed 250 words.


31 thoughts on “Changing Sky

  1. A gorgeous haibun Kim and so sweet how the horse comes to greet you with a nod! I love the subtle internal rhymes in your haiku and how your focus shifts between the prose paragraphs. Thank you for letting us walk along with you here! 💛 xxx

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    1. I am taking things very slowly. We did go away for a couple of days to Shrewsbury, but I spend most of my time at home or walking round the village. I’m much happier since I stopped using my walking stick, more confident and steadier on my feet. I’m looking forward to getting back to normal soon, when I visit my daughter.


  2. I really enjoyed the concise alternating prose and the familiar, yet changing details of autumn on your path. Each haiku was a treat. We walk after dinner as well. Today we noticed the goldenrod had already dulled from only a few days ago. I commented to my husband that I couldn’t quite describe the way the sky changes in the fall. I just know it does.

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  3. Unbelievably lovely … interspersing haiku a brilliant touch and well done. I used to live in Marietta GA and on my walks each evening after work, a pastured horse and I became best friends … he would patiently await my apple treat.

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