Tag Archives: fall

FOG AND FALLEN LEAVES: NEW HOKKU, OLD PATTERNS

This is from my morning walk: The autumn morning; Fog and fallen leaves And wild geese crying.    Perhaps you noticed (it would be good if you did) that this — in its pattern — is much like that of the … Continue reading

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AUTUMN SUNLIGHT

The autumn sun; The chill when it goes Behind a tree. The sunlight of the shortening autumn days is so weak that in a shadow, the air is cold.  In that, we feel the weakening of the Yang active energy … Continue reading

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ENDINGS

A crow alights In blowing leaves; Autumn’s end. David

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A POOR WAYFARING STRANGER

The autumn chill; Every place I live in Belongs to another. We have entered the time for autumn hokku.  Autumn is when Nature withers, and the energies of life go inward.  It is also a time of migration for birds … Continue reading

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COLD RAIN; AN AUTUMN HOKKU

It is pouring rain here, and having just come in out of it, here is a simple hokku expressive of the day: (Autumn) Cold rain; A solitary crow Stalks among the puddles. Nothing profound there, just a wet happening on … Continue reading

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INCREASING YIN: THE LIGHT GOES OUT

I often mention that Shiki, who is generally considered (inaccurately) the founder of the modern haiku movement, just continued to write hokku, for the most part, though he called them “haiku.” Not only were his verses hokku in form, they … Continue reading

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AUTUMN: RETURNING TO THE ROOT

The autumn equinox has passed. That means the days are growing shorter, the nights longer. In my recent discussion of the hokku Wheel of the Year, I emphasized how very important the seasons are to hokku. It is a new … Continue reading

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