fallen leaves
come flying from elsewhere:
autumn is ending

© Shiki

the stream hides itself
in the grasses
of departing autumn

© Shirao

the pampas grass
waves good-bye, good-bye,
to departing autumn

© Issa


leaving November
a flurry of leaves scattering
from a field of green


fallen leaves
scattering in the wind
waves good-bye, good-bye

fallen leaves
flying into red sun
vanishes without a trace

scattering in the wind
blanket of golden stars
beyond the peaks

waves good-bye, good-bye
a fluttering butterfly
from flower to flower


Response to Carpe Diem #1556 fleeting autumn (yuku aki) ..


mushrooms *
not yet that many days
of autumn dew

calendar days falling
splash into inky dribblings

pine mushroom
with its ragged top it’s
like a pine tree

a constant source of beauty
the radiance of dark pines

moon past full
the beginning of a little more

to the darkness of sorrow
submits the nesting birds

chrysanthemum flowers
bloom at the stonemason’s
between stones

amidst the stone quarry
fragile bouquet of beauty

glistening dew
not spilling from bush clover
still it sways

glimmering water-jewels
adorn imperial heads

morning glories
in the daytime a lock lowered
on the gate **

shading ancestral tombstone
a blanket of pink blossoms


© Matsuo Basho (Tr. Jane Reichhold, taken from “Basho, The Complete Haiku”)

Response to Carpe Diem #1555 Renga With Basho … still it sways


deserted house
wild roses still have a view
of the remote coast

vacant stares
from the vacant house
no one looks

© Jane Reichhold

left behind 

from the vacant house
dissonant notes
resounding into the night


on autumn night
after the rain
outside the courtyard
ethereal specters haunt
leaving behind rosy footprints in front of opened windows


Response to Carpe Diem #1554 Haunted Houses (modern kigo)