Autumn Leaves

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Colorful aspen leaves, Lockett Meadow Campground, Coconino National Forest near Flagstaff, Arizona, autumn 2016.


 
~~ ~~ 1 ~~ ~~
 
tumult on my roof—
acorns and oak leaves thudding
till the storm is done
 
~~ ~~ 2 ~~ ~~
 
Since crowds delight you,
how can one falling oak leaf
give you so much joy?
 
~~ ~~ 3 ~~ ~~
 
Bring me one red leaf
from under the maple tree,
then leave me alone.
 
~~ ~~ 4 ~~ ~~
 
Such a waste of breath:
lamenting the leaves falling
from my backyard plum!
 
~~ ~~ 5 ~~ ~~
 
Two feral cats fight
among the falling oak leaves—
one gets bragging rights.
 
~~ ~~ 6 ~~ ~~
 
Blackbird, O blackbird,
how do you balance your song
on that falling leaf?
 
~~ ~~ 7 ~~ ~~
 
It is no great loss
to watch storm clouds disappear,
but when plum leaves fall…

 
Haiku © 2018 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
More Sunday’s Whirligig #182
 
More Poetry Pantry #423 at Poets United

Posted on October 7, 2018, in 5-7-5, Arizona, Coconino National Forest, Flagstaff, haiku, Poetry Pantry, Poets United, Sunday's Whirligig and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 18 Comments.

  1. Oh, the falling of all these leaves, with their meanings and expressions, is so vivid and wonderful here. I especially loved the balance of the blackbird’s song “on that falling leaf”.
    -HA

  2. Love this especially; “It is no great loss to watch storm clouds disappear, but when plum leaves fall”… sigh .. so beautifully poignant! ❤

  3. Ah, there is so much to reflect on in the falling autumn leaves. My favorite, I think, is #4. We cannot bemoan what we cannot change…smiles…so we might as well find a way to enjoy. And – in #2 – there IS that joy! Autumn is a mixed bag, isn’t it?

  4. Awesome. you’ve made my Sunday a happy one with your sequence. My favourite :-

    “Blackbird, O blackbird,
    how do you balance your song
    on that falling leaf?”

    Thanks for dropping by my sumi-e Sunday today

    much love…

  5. Bring me one red leaf
    from under the maple tree
    then leave me alone

    LOL…thanks for the big smile. I can relate to this.

  6. A lovely reminder why, in your part of the world, autumn is called ‘fall’.

  7. I love this leafy poem, the falling plum leaves and, especially, the blackbird, catching the leaf elevator down. Smiles.

  8. I love the juxtaposition of the joy for those wonderful color and the sadness of them falling… as it always is with time…

  9. Beverly Crawford

    A symphony of autumn haikus, each with a story to tell.

  10. Vivid and beautiful.

  11. Lisa at Greenbow

    No wonder the birds don’t sing so much during autumn. I imagine it is very difficult to balance a song on a leaf, especially when it is falling.

  12. I love your leafy poem a lot. Puts me in mind of my “Way of Looking at Autumn Leaves” I posted last week. So many delightful ways to look at them. I especially like the feral cats.

  13. Colleen@ LOOSELEAFNOTES

    feral cats with bragging rights is my favorite. I enjoyed them all.

  14. How beautiful your haiku stream was today. Personally I don’t mind leaves falling as the tree is wise and clever enoughto know that it will survive if its sap is withdrawn and conserved unfrozen until next year.

  15. Lovely…esp how can one falling oak leaf
    give you so much joy?

  16. Lovely autumn macro shot!

    Happy Day to You,
    A ShutterBug Explores

  17. Splendid and delightful series.

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