Tuesday, October 31, 2006

falling in love

falling in love
with the autumn leaves,
watching them drop,
leaving me, yet again,
to face winter alone

Halloween Haiku 10-27-2006

Halloween Haiku 10-27.06

A bad goblin
He stares at me in the eye
Sniffing my fear

a witchcraft
she put a spell on me
destroying my heart

Many jacks
Standing along the graveyard
Silently laughing

©2006 Kai Croft

Happy Halloween



gales gather all the leaves
into corners

the sun's warmth

the sun's warmth
fills the autumn day
as winter snickers

how can it be

how can it be
spring in australia
if it's fall here?
she asks, while spinning
the globe upside down

pumpkin pie

pumpkin pie
my mother tells me
it's sugarless

-Deborah P Kolodji

passing the pumpkin patch

passing the pumpkin patch
my daughter rubs
her pregnant belly

photo by mmm

Monday, October 30, 2006

autumn dusk
only a crow outside
my window

Deborah P Kolodji


autumn winds
bring a rare visitor
so many eyes

Photograph by Phill Deason; words by Mandy Smith

how can it be

how can it be
spring in australia
if it's fall here?
she asks, while spinning
the globe upside down

Sunday, October 29, 2006

Another Autumn Night

Another Autumn Night

There were no stars; no moonlight in the sky, just a chilly cold breeze slapped my face. Leaves were spreading everywhere on the sidewalk ground. It was after Halloween party. I have to say goodbye to my friends. I went on the bus and the radio was playing my favorite songs. So while on the road, I was bouncing my head and singing to myself.

When I got home, I kept thinking those great nights were best nights of my life. Because I smiled and laugh, bringing wonderful memories to my bedroom.


He laughs
In the chilly wind
My little humor?..

On the road
I watched the headlights
Reaching home

After party
I?m changing the
Time to darkness
©2006 Kai Croft

Saturday, October 28, 2006

always wistful - she
gathers longing like forest floors
collect autumn leaves
colour of her hair once
running through them

Friday, October 27, 2006

overnight freeze
noon sunshine and perfect blue
autumn in the desert
frost melting
in early morning sun
hunting boots
left outside overnight
still mud-caked and frozen

First autumn storm

Wind playing rough
a tornado of leaves
sweeps across the yard
mind cleared by the wind
winter ahead calmly waiting.

Get Ready

cold, thin moon hangs in possibility
as work of last leaves race this day
winter touching hands

Thursday, October 26, 2006

high winds
children and leaves
in confusion...school-bell

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

autumn star
alone with my thoughts
this evening

-Deborah P Kolodji
even in my den
leaves falling
...the bonsai
all tricks
a masked man robs
a liquor store

Sunday, October 22, 2006

autumn butterfly

wind driven rain
whips the branches,
strips the trees

driving wind

driving wind-
summer leaves
fly south

Friday, October 20, 2006

watch the rain
play a little blues
one more leaf falls

Thursday, October 19, 2006

In my own thoughts
a sudden shower of leaves
realizing the season.

Who'll do winter

These last couple of months seem to have flown by.

Alison & Matt started off the first Spring blog and then Dustin organised a Summer blog. Andrew and I are responsible for the running of this Autumn Blog.

This blog will close to contributions on October 31st -- it will remain visible and open to comments.

Who is going to volunteer to oversee a Winter blog?

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

rabbit in the shade
through the leaves
sun patterns his fur

monarch butterflies

monarch butterflies
disrupt my writing
of tanka-
flying away with them
in my autumn daydream

Monday, October 16, 2006

Falling Leaves

Text: Andrei Dorian Gheorghe, coordinator of The Best of SARM

Photo: Calin Niculae, author of Black&White ? Between and Beyond

Posted on their behalf as requested.

See their Spring and Summer posts.

During autumn

During autumn
I slept for 2 days
©2006 Kai Croft
meadow's edge -
near the rusted harrow
a deer trail

Sunday, October 15, 2006

city pavements
beneath every tree
leaves to kick through

the light

the light
through the pampas grass
there is no obstruction

(tr. Hisashi Miura and James Green ®Aozora Bunko)
©Norman Darlington

Saturday, October 14, 2006

autumn weekend

autumn weekend
sparkling sunlight shines
on bare limbs

Friday, October 13, 2006

Driving In

Seven miles into town. Day in, day out. You notice the new things. A large piece of cardboard near the big turn. A refrigerator box? Was it going to the dump? Your eyes search the shoulder left, right. To the girls--"Tell me if you see any elk." The rut is well underway. And the new things in the road: things you drive around. Don't want that mess on your tires. Audrey reads. Kate hums to herself. We have, with us, a posterboard cutout of a Sonoran pronghorn. It fills the passenger seat. "You just passed one," Kate says. What? An antelope? "An elk." An elk! I never saw it. I turn up the heater. I'm going to have to start parking in the garage now.

skunk conversation
little leafboat
the gull's inquisitiveness
wrecks it on the shore
on the bird
table, a snail - to eat or
be eaten

Friday the 13-th

friday the 13-th
a crack
on the mirror

Natalia L. Rudychev

Alamoana?shopping center Hawii - Google ???

Seasons change
autumn next winter
my kitchen is cooking

Thursday, October 12, 2006

through tattered leaves
skein after skein of geese
cross the sky

In memory of David Priebe

David Priebe, aka Renge and long-time publisher of Haiku Headlines, passed away recently. He is a member of the Southern California Haiku Study Group based in the Los Angeles area. His camaraderie and gentleness, together with his poems, will be sorely missed. Our condolences to the family.

the hummingbird
flies down with a falling leaf
news of his death
Renge finally signs off
Haiku Headlines

Vic Gendrano

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

summer visitors gone
the piper plays on
leaves filling his case

October wind

October wind —
the last train
applauding audience . . .
stop stealing
my spotlight fly!

Monday, October 09, 2006

In memory of Yajushi

My heart is heavy with the news that the Indian poet, Yajushi (M Ram Vinodh), passed away on 30th September in Hyderabad, in the company of his family.

Writing collaborative poetry with someone allows you to get to know them is a unique way, and I think this is undoubtedly true of the time that Kala Ramesh and I spent working with Yajushi on our Triparshva renku, The Hawk's Grand Swoop.

That collaboration was dedicated to the memory of Yajushi's mother, who died during the time of our composition, "having lived to see one thousand moons". How very sad that now her son should pass away just a few short months later.

I will treasure my memories of our writing together. Let me remind you of some of his insightful contributions to that renku. First the opening verses:

the winter sun -
its slow rise above
the hawk's grand swoop /Kala

on the corner
men huddle around a fire /Yajushi

From the very start of our writing, I could feel a togetherness among the poets, as we shared a warmth of spirit and emotion, huddled around our fire of mutual companionship.

And how strange it is, when reading over the poem now, how some of the verses seem prescient. These three come at the end of the second movement:

our shadows bend and rise
around the scarecrow /Yajushi

rich and poor
on towers of silence
underneath one moon /Norman

without a thought
the dragonfly floats away /Kala

Farewell, dragonfly! Journey safely, wherever you may be going.


Columbus Day

Columbus Day —
the bag lady’s
turquoise necklace

One autumn day

One autumn day
She find yellow leaves all
Over the ground
©2006 Kai Croft

above me

above me,
falling from pine branches,
brown spent needles
on my unkempt hair-
thinner each autumn

Saturday, October 07, 2006

search for home

endless steppe —
my feet search for home
in these new boots

© Norman Darlington

autumn weekend

full hunter's moon
moon of the falling leaves
gliding through blue night

Friday, October 06, 2006

soggy leaves.
forgotten teabag
in my cup.

Thursday, October 05, 2006

for Francine Porad

windless night —
so many leaves
at the foot of the tree

Wednesday, October 04, 2006


The 37-th WHA Haiga Contest

93 degrees

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

the child kicking leaves

solar lights - only charging
on the bright days

autumn leaves

autumn leaves
begin their day

by falling

Monday, October 02, 2006

high above
the homecoming parade
migrating geese

autumn moon

autumn moon
in my dark brown eyes
gazing so pretty--
©2006 kai croft

Sunday, October 01, 2006

Last Day of September

For the first time in three years I'll be home for the month of October. I wanted to celebrate early. A day early. September 30, noon. I drove out of town on I-17, to the fairgrounds. The fair was a couple weekends ago, but the revelry goes on. At one end of the park, a music festival; the other, bull riding. I strolled between the two, waiting out the hour. At 1 p.m. my daughter would be leaving ballet. "Don't be late, dad."

a mile from the
amphitheater, blues
off my back

throwing crabapples
at their kids--
two mothers

roping arena--
the pickups gather
in herds

kicking leaves

through the leaves
sound of its season

BBC 1 - Regional arts feature November 2003 (Front Room)
'Azami', Osaka haiku magazine, Japan, no.38 Dec. 1996


October -
the fragrance of fresh shellac
on old snow shoes