LEAVING

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

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

haiku

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

troiku

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

SWAY WITH ME

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
darkness

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

renga

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

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