Sunday, September 30, 2007

smell of ripe grapes
in the abandoned vineyard
wires droop

last day of September —
the wind shifts direction
from baseball to football

Saturday, September 29, 2007

empty playground -
leaves running over
the hopscotch beds

Friday, September 28, 2007

after the rain
red pansies circle the asters

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

late night pleasure
harvest moon skimming pages
of romance novel

Perfect day

Find the right spot
occupy a good chair
and sit face up
let the sun warm you
observe the gallery of clouds
mixed with sun beams
ah, don’t forget the coffee
and your notice book
right beside you
in case some good ideas
should come around
don’t be upset when
a touch of cold breeze
fluttered your eyebrows
it’s just nature
telling you the time
although a warm pocket
there’s no doubt
this is autumn
the colour
the falling leaves
the smell on humid days
the magnificence cloud circus
at dawn and sunset
the day shorten
minute by minute
it might be autumn
but the life force
is as mighty as in spring.

Driving in the mist
of nowhere
fog narrows the world

white crystals
emerald rug
weeds among lawn

the colour of ducks' bills -
among the ducks' bills

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

harvest moon
my night ride guided
by a bright computer screen

Monday, September 24, 2007

the autumn ground,
full moon

all three shift this week-
deciding when to garden

and clean the house

Today in Japan it is the festival of Poets. Izanami-No-Kami - the Goddess of creativity is considered to have made all things. In honor of this Fall Festival, here is a haiku for Izanami-No-Kami.

Inventive woman
Bless and inspire us.

a last ray of sun -
a wasp warms his feet
on the letterbox

Sunday, September 23, 2007

wide open door
the fly suicides in my orange juice

[posted also to One Deep Breath]

Syrian Rose
In green cover
White petals
Red spot in cup
Challenging the autumn
By ongoing producing

browse line -
deer hunters break
for lunch

Saturday, September 22, 2007

Through the forest
All size and shapes
Leaves in many colours
Unfold a living tapestry
Life force

dark seed pods
curl in the locust trees
Yom Kippur

Friday, September 21, 2007

chestnut husks

cemetery gate
broken husks strewn around
not one whole conker

haiga © gerald england, 2007

Autumn leaves
On concrete path

nippy morning
extra hot chocolate
before heading out

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Autumn Memories #4

Skin of birch tree breathes
Yellow leaf shivers, drops cold
Winter sleeps beneath.

dawn chill
pulling up
cotton sheets

fall treats
ripe pomegranites
worth all the work

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

last weeding
a papery leaf
clings to the broom

Autumn wind —
a freight train
races by

first light....
dew rimed petunias wave
to the morning sun

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

september mists ~
on the shopping list


brumes de septembre ~
la crème pour les mains
sur la liste de courses

harvest moon
the plumber and I
grouse about low pay

foot of the wall -
a pile of lost days

morning buzz
shifting to hot chocolate
from iced coffee

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Autumn Memories #3

All Hallow's Eve
Apparition's foul delight
Gives such shocking fright

blended browns -
the dead still cling
to the living

Saturday, September 15, 2007

autums's market
tri colored corn, pomegranites
and champagne grapes

Friday, September 14, 2007

autumn brings me
to an old tree, looking up
at my tree house
where only pieces are left~
remnants of dreams

seasonal change blahs
craving chicken soup

Thursday, September 13, 2007

autumn chill
a lone swift hunts -
not so many twists and turns

cool morning
smells of simmering stew
fill the house

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

no time between startling thunder

autumn sea

cormorants glide
over orange bull kelp--
autumn sea

- Deborah P Kolodji

morning commute
melon sun
resting in the trees

Tuesday, September 11, 2007


a path of rubble
the familiar man
teaches us a hymn

*I shared this dreamku last year elsewhere on the anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attack on the Tiwn Towers here in New York City. I post it here this year also in memory and in the hope that those far more deeply affected by this tragedy than I (who was fortunate not to lose anyone, just my job) are finding healing.


Autumn colours
bright and many
at the end all brown

beside the path

beside the path
between river and canal
fallen leaves

© gerald england, 2007

six years later
supressed feelings fall into place
with the first leaves

Monday, September 10, 2007


Autumn Memories #2

In Autumn coolness
I learn to squeeze apple cider
And cure sausage links

fall drizzle
strolling arm in arm
an umbrella unopened

autumn conundrum
bulb planting against next spring
allergies flaring

tree's shadow
leans on the corner -
growing thin

Autumn Memory #1

November arrives.
Within, my soul burns for mounds
of leaves - dry, brown, crisp.

Sunday, September 9, 2007

the room temperature
quarter apple

Saturday, September 8, 2007

rain through
the sunshine
still 100F

bit by bit
my past is lost-
autumn rain
After we were married 18 years ago, we moved into a "married couple apartment" at the University of Arkansas. We lived there two years while I finished law school.

A friend of mine that lives in Fayetteville e-mailed me this photo today. Our apartment has been wiped out. I don't know what will be built there.

autumn stroll
gingkos wave the traffic along

Friday, September 7, 2007

curtains stir in golden light fall

new colour

yellow leaves --
pink fingers

© catnapping (aka odd neighbor)

This Floating World . . .

brooklyn autumn--
the station wagon's
license plate: ukiyo e
walking past
in my haiku hat

a man sitting alone
at a greenwich village cafe
the obituaries
autumn chill

© Judy Kamilhor 2007

in a pool of light
leaves slowly submerge -
minnows watch

Thursday, September 6, 2007

leaves half-green
half-yellow -
everywhere autumn's flag

fall morning
in the shadows
golden cat eyes

acer red -
the chance of late

a yellow leaf
slowly floats down
to the ground~
the first nail
in summer's coffin

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

lunch in the shade –
squirrels tossing acorn shells
into my soup

(I swear I wrote this
before reading yours,
John MacDonald!)

pile of russet leaves a child's leap of faith

the old lady
ducking and dodging -
falling chestnuts

first autumn winds -
the garden
shivers and shakes

part shrivelled

part shrivelled
leaves not yet fallen

words by mandy smith
photo by isabella kinga

savage wind

savage wind
seagulls seek ground
off the lake

haiga © gerald england 2007

Sunday, September 2, 2007

through the fog
a no swimming sign
and your strong arms

[inspired by a photo I saw somewhere online; if I could remember where I'd link to it, it was a subtle stunner]

sitting still
next to air conditioner