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Autumn Leaves – Haiku

Autumn Leaves


Haiku #1 :

Leaves fall gently down

Dancing about in the wind

Color in motion

Haiku # 2 :

Endless piles of leaves,

I rake and gather them all

Woe, the wind brings more




See what happens when I spend an entire day raking leaves to no avail?  The trees were probably laughing at me as they dropped more leaves when I wasn’t looking.  Oh well, time to sip a nice glass of wine and listen to a song apropos for my day’s work.  “Les feuilles mortes” (literally, “The dead leaves”) otherwise known here in the US as “Autumn Leaves”, sung by no other than an international treasure, Edith Piaf.




  1. November 3, 2013 at 11:42 am

    Love the colours, love the steps.

    One may, of course, wonder why we even bother sweeping up leaves. If left to rot my beloved worms would soon pull them down and convert them into fertile mulch. By way of comfort, Phil: Think of Sisyphus and his labours. And, on a more practical note: All that raking gives you exercise and some fresh air. And time to think.

    Edith Piaf tends to make me a little melancholic so I’ll give her miss this minute. It’s a French thing.


    • November 8, 2013 at 12:10 am

      Fertile mulch I like. Now if only I could get those trees to drop off their leaves in my garden instead of littering them all about the lawn and street.

  2. November 4, 2013 at 10:39 am

    The first poem had such a sentimental feel to it; the second one was kind of resentful of the same thing. I suppose that reflects how most of us feel about those leaves–pretty but irritating. The picture is captivating.

    • November 8, 2013 at 12:13 am

      Yes, a little bit of that love-hate thing going on. What I miss most is the smell of burning leaves. We can’t do that anymore, for good reason, but oh that familiar smell.

      • November 8, 2013 at 2:09 pm

        Yes, my grandfather and I used to burn leaves together. I remember a few times when the pile or, more accurately, the fire, got away from us. It was all very exciting!

  3. November 5, 2013 at 2:11 pm

    I thought those were splendid Autumn haiku, contrasting your two opposing responses to the leaves. And what a wonderful photograph. Our trees have only just started to turn a little bit yellow, with a fine scattering of browner ones on the ground — despite our recent gales.

    PS I thought I was following your blog. Must have clicked on something by mistake. Will re-follow post haste!

    • November 8, 2013 at 12:19 am

      Thanks for the compliments. I was aiming for a contrast between the two, and I’m glad you enjoyed it. And thanks for subscribing. Gosh, now I’ll feel pressured to write more…

  4. November 6, 2013 at 5:23 pm

    I’m not good at doing Haiku. You’ve done a great job with these two.
    Edith Piaf is one of my favorite singers. This is a video I hadn’t seen.
    It fits so well with the Autumn season.
    We don’t have Autumn with changing leaves here. ~~~“ : – (
    Thanks for the visual on Autumn.

    • November 8, 2013 at 12:23 am

      My in-laws lived in South Florida. For me, it was an adjustment not so much for fall, but during the Christmas holiday. I grew up in the Northeast, with snow typically in the picture for the holiday. It just seemed so strange to be out and about with short sleeves among the palm trees with Christmas carols playing in the background.

      • November 8, 2013 at 9:23 am

        I had the hardest time with seeing people in tropical shirts and sandals for Christmas too. I grew up in Brooklyn, New York so the cold weather and snow were greatly missed. They start decorating for x’mas too soon. They start before Halloween. BIZARRE ….!!!!

        • November 8, 2013 at 9:44 am

          I really hate trotting out the Christmas Holiday before we’ve celebrated other holidays. It really robs from the special feelings that should be exclusive for each holiday. We’ve not even celebrated Thanksgiving, and yet we have commercials already running, reminding us of Christmas. Thanksgiving is one of my most favorite holidays, and I cannot help but feel that Christmas is an interloper spoiling it to some degree. The rampant commercialism is robbing the soul of each holiday, making each less special.

          Either that, or I’m just turning into an old curmudgeon…

          • November 8, 2013 at 2:23 pm

            I don’t think you are an old curmudgeon. I feel the same way. It’s hard to enjoy the blessings and THANKFULNESS one should feel ate Thanksgiving because of the rush to get to the next one. I believe we are a people of constantly needing to be gratified. They rush to do all of the things they think they need to do to make the holiday the holiday. They’re are lazy too. They don’t want to decorate for 2 weeks. Why not decorate for 2 months. My family member – which I will not say who it is – keep sher tree up all year in a spare bedroom. UGH … ggy !!!!
            You have to just enjoy your own celebratory style and poo on the others. ~~~~ : – O

  5. WordsFallFromMyEyes
    November 9, 2013 at 5:17 am

    Great haikus. And that Piaf. I’ve actually never seen anything of her in action – this was great, Phil.

  6. November 9, 2013 at 10:20 am

    Glad you enjoyed Noleen. Edith Piaf is such a treasure – that pitch perfect voice and famous vibrato just seems to evoke an indescribable longing coming from her soul. Here is another more mainstream signature song of hers:

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