Autumn. Another wonderful season of sensory experiences….and inspired haiku! We’ve written about Autumn on these pages before, but there is always one more haiku from our archives which we think will enhance the colors and sounds of this amazing October!
So, from our archives…
Autumn can be a smorgasbord for the senses! It can be visually mesmerizing as leaves turn from Summer green to warm shades of red, yellow, orange and gold.
Autumn rolls out quilts
along Route 20…wrapping
the fields in color.
by Sally Lloyd (Cazenovia 2010)
As daylight grows shorter and nights longer, Autumn weather turns accordingly—and unpredictably, too. Warm and sunny days play tag with grey and chilly days. By the end of October, Autumn is warm sweaters tugged tight and blankets pulled up close.
Sweaters warm the skin
The leaves burst into red flame
The snow approaches
by Caitlin Moriarty (Manlius 2016)
Autumn’s sound is underfoot with the crunch of dried leaves. It’s the sound of rain and wet leaves hitting darkened window panes. It’s the wind, tossing tree branches wildly about, their colorful leaves breaking free, blanketing the earth.
Autumn leaves fly past
my window, dancing in the
wind. Bare trees shiver.
by Rosalyn M. Carroll (Manlius 2020)
Autumn is the deliciousness of red apples…
Sun-ripened skins gleam
boughs of crimson temptation
Autumn’s crisp reward
by Laura Ferrel (Camillus 2016)
…or the taste of harvested grapes that have been kissed by a warm sun.
Riesling, Cab delight
Drink in delicious views, sip
by Arlene Quizon (Renton 2014)
It’s the smell of the earth as it begins its descent into Winter’s solitude.
At Clark Reservoir,
Autumn colors everywhere.
Fossils etched in stone.
by Joan Cofrancesco (Camillus 2007)
We have a number of wonderful haiku posters illustrating the beauty of Autumn. Our featured poster today is from our 2019 Series. We think you’ll agree, the colorful illustration by Erin Nowak (learn about her other work here) clearly captures the words of the vivid haiku skillfully written by Mary Jane BeVard.
Wind disrupts raked leaves / Once peaceful piles now swirling / whirling dervishly
Even with a pandemic hovering in the background, Autumn elicits tailgating parties at the home game, memories of childhood capers running through raked-high leaves and the smell of cinnamon wafting from a freshly baked apple pie. It’s also a quiet time as life moves indoors for awhile.
Leaf-strewn yards glow bronze.
Sisters five, they stand reborn.
Love comes moving in.
by Patricia Ziemba (Syracuse 2010)
What do you love about Autumn and the falling leaves? Leave us your thoughts in a haiku in the Comment Section!
And, get raking!
Rosalyn M. Carroll for the Syracuse Poster Project