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Poetry Friday - Happy Fall, Y'all.... with Haiku

September 21, 2017

Tags: Poetry Friday, haiku, artsyletters, autumn, fall, equinox

Happy Autumnal Equinox!

My favorite season, Fall - and I recall it's a favorite of many Poetry Friday-ers. I went hunting for some fall haiku written by yours truly and was surprised to discover I had far more from winter, spring, and summer. Maybe because fall always seems to be the busiest season?

I did make a fall-friendly note card for sale in my artsyletters shop on Etsy, featuring a poem by Kobayashi Issa (1763-1828) translated by poet and scholar Dr. David G. Lanoue, who kindly agreed to let me use it:

traveling geese
the human heart, too,

Issa, translated by David G. Lanoue.

And I discovered that one of my earliest published haiku was a fall one:

autumn breeze
escorted to the mailbox
by an acorn

Notes from the Gean, Dec. 2011 (No longer publishing.)

I also found another I wrote as a kind of "desk haiku" - not my usual, but it came about as I was describing 'process' for a blog post a while back, now an essay on my Haiku page. [The link is the second PDF under "FOR WRITERS" - (the 5-page one)!] Anyway, here's the finished sample haiku:

burning leaves
a V of geese

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I hope your fall is full of all your favorite things - colorful maple leaves, woodsmoke, hot chocolate perhaps? Acorns and squirrel chatter? Holiday planning? By the way, which do you usually say - 'autumn' or 'fall'? :0)

Whatever you call it, it's a great season to visit a farm - especially a Poem Farm. Thanks to Amy for hosting the Round Up today! When you stop by, be sure to congratulate her on her brand new wonderful book, READ, READ, READ just released from Wordsong! (CONGRATS, Amy!)


  1. September 22, 2017 7:46 AM EDT
    There is just something super refreshing and delightful about haiku done well. Thank-you for sharing these, Robyn. I'm loving your little acorn. :)
    - KatApel
  2. September 22, 2017 8:13 AM EDT
    Those are some of the best fall Haiku I've seen. I think fall is so beautiful it needed two names, and I like to use them both.
    - Brenda
  3. September 22, 2017 8:27 AM EDT
    Robyn, I am completely enamored of that escorted acorn! More fall haiku, please... your words are a gift to the world! xo
    - Irene Latham
  4. September 22, 2017 8:31 AM EDT
    Definitely, Fall.....although Autumn is a lovely word. These haiku are beautiful and thought provoking. I'm really living in the autumn breeze escorted to the mailbox. What a unique and sharp image. Just lovely.
    - Linda Mitchell
  5. September 22, 2017 8:44 AM EDT
    It's funny, I have few haiku about winter. Mine are mostly "looking forward to spring" poems! I am one of oddballs who doesn't like fall. I find it depressing. What does that say about me? ;-) I do enjoy autumn poetry, though! And I particularly enjoyed your acorn escort image!
    - Diane Mayr
  6. September 22, 2017 10:06 AM EDT
    Thanks so much, Dear Kat - maybe one day an acorn can escort me to Australia, and I can meet you in person! :0)

    Brenda - Now THAT is a wonderful take on the two names. Love the way your mind works. Thanks for coming by!

    Hi, Irene - you are way too kind. Thank you for words as refreshing as a fall breeze. XO

    Linda - thanks! It's heartwarming to me to see an "older" haiku can make new connections.

    Thanks, Diane - and you are such an original soul, I'd expect nothing less than your bucking the "trend." Hope your fall is more happy than depressing this year! ;0)

    - Robyn Black
  7. September 22, 2017 10:34 AM EDT
    Oh yes, fall (or autumn, depending on my mood) is my favorite season. These haiku capture some of my favorite images. We'll see lots of geese V overhead, and if we're lucky, hear the bugle of sandhill cranes, too.
    - Kay Jernigan McGriff
  8. September 22, 2017 11:18 AM EDT
    Thanks for the autumnal (my usual written description, but I think I say fall more often when speaking) haiku. Love the acorn, love the regrouping Vee.
    - Buffy Silverman
  9. September 22, 2017 12:16 PM EDT
    LOVE all the haiku you shared today, Robyn. Fall is definitely my favorite season and your post offered some much needed spiritual nourishment. I'll be thinking of that little acorn and the wandering human heart all day . . . sigh.
    - jama
  10. September 22, 2017 2:38 PM EDT
    Beautiful celebrations of Fall, Robyn.
    - Tara
  11. September 22, 2017 3:07 PM EDT
    Yay for your autumnal haiku! Lucy says:

    dog detective
    the best things to sniff
    hidden under leaves
    - Tabatha
  12. September 22, 2017 5:35 PM EDT
    Beautiful to see and hear these geese and the autumn breeze travel through your poems and Issa's.
    - Laura Shovan
  13. September 22, 2017 5:59 PM EDT
    Hi, Kay - Thanks for swooping in! Sandhill cranes don't really come our way, at least not that I know of, in SC. Love that you brought them along today to join the geese!

    Glad you enjoyed, Buffy - my autumnal friend of all seasons.

    Oh, Jama, what a lovely comment. I hope your autumnal wanderings yield surprising blessings.

    Hi, Tara - thanks for celebrating with me!

    Tabatha - Ha! Talent abounds in ALL members of the family, I see. I'm currently in Orlando, brought my wee little Rita, and after a brief walk just now where post-Irma piles are still head-high along the streets, Rita would agree about the sniffing under leaves...! ;0)

    Laura, so glad you came by for the geese and breezes! Happy Fall to you.
    - Robyn Black
  14. September 23, 2017 6:45 PM EDT
    I like this one a lot:
    "autumn breeze
    escorted to the mailbox
    by an acorn"
    I can see it sailing through the air.

    Thanks for this fall haiku medley Robyn!
    - Michelle Kogan
  15. September 24, 2017 7:53 AM EDT
    Hello, Robyn! Love your little collection of big haiku, and like many others, my favorite is mailbox/acorn. I say fall because it's literal for young kids and because it rhymes with a lot more words than autumn. : )
    - Heidi Mordhorst
  16. September 24, 2017 7:35 PM EDT
    Hi, Michelle - glad you enjoyed! Thanks for coming by.

    Heidi - Ha! Fall definitely rhymes with more words than autumn. ;0)
    - Robyn Black
  17. September 25, 2017 4:01 PM EDT
    "escorted to the mailbox
    by an acorn"

    Just. Magic.

    We have a BIG OAK right near our I feel this way often. And the other day I found this enormous acorn that is now my best friend. Much love and peace to you, Robyn, my haiku friend. x
    - Amy Ludwig VanDerwater
  18. September 26, 2017 8:34 AM EDT
    Amy, thanks SO much for hosting this week! And, of course you would have an enormous acorn as a best friend... XO
    - Robyn Black

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