Three mid-November haiku

Today is a quintessentially autumn day in Japan – not so much thanks to the unseasonably warm weather – but because it’s shichi-go-san: the old rite of passage that is a highlight of autumn for children (albeit postponed to the weekend), when they dress up in hakama and kimono and visit the shrine.

Being a landmark mid-autumn date, what better time than to pen a few haiku?

Physical coldness and longer hours of darkness subtly change what our bodies sense, how people behave with each other, and, of course, change how most living things look. These three haiku address each of these things in turn as they’re happening at our place.

 Kitchen window
 Ajar to night’s
 Tart darkness

… … Nights
… … Of no cicadas now,
… … And saved conversations

……  …… Figs aheavy
….. . …… Apples at last, and chalkiness
……  …… On the vine leaves

If the last one sounds implausibly pastoral, it’s referring to our plant-packed balcony.

Miniature apples on balcony.


2 Responses to “Three mid-November haiku”

  1. Hi David…
    Nice seasonal setting to the haiku… I liked the feel of the growing cold and longer nights offset by the mellow fruitfulness.

    One aside: aheavy comes so close after ajar that it makes me feel something is awry.

  2. “Chalkiness on the vine leaves” is a very exact observation, and something that, as one grows older, begins to lose its sadness and seem quite natural and beautiful. The sunflowers we grew on our own roof terrace this summer have just gone through that chalky-leaved stage. We harvested the seeds to send to Tohoku. The quotidian poise of haiku is present in your work. Enjoyed.

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