Shuushi – Autumn Contemplation

painting Tani Bucho 1817

painting Tani Bucho 1817

the harvest moon is fading.
Bright gold coin in black sky
now dims and wanes
to a partial dish of cream.
Hatsu arashi, first storm of autumn
has washed clean the sky,
aki simu – autumn is clearing,
brilliant blue,
luminous white clouds drifting, silent. peaceful.
Autumn’s voice whispers:
breeze across dry leaves on the grass,
wind in the reeds at the creek,
The little priest –
the tiny cicada delicately
moves his wings, a small voice
among the raucous pine and bell crickets,
an alto to the larger cicadas
and their metallic thrum.
New coolness in the air
The coming of autumn
is somnolent today.
No rise or fall,
A steady tone of almost silence.
The morning glory twines
lovingly around my plum tree
and shows her blue face,
echoing her sister,
aki no sora,
My beloved autumn sky.
The small grey tabby
across the way
sits beneath an oak
watching the occasional
slow falling leaf.
Her eyes stay upward
and she does not move
for she wants to see
the leaves as they float
and fall around her.
An early leaf burning,
smoke wanders and its
incense drifts to heaven
and to my grateful heart.
I sit entranced in the midst
of the haiku
I wish I could write.

5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. macjam47
    Sep 14, 2014 @ 20:40:23



  2. huntmode
    Sep 14, 2014 @ 23:15:05

    One of your finest, Kanzen. Thank you. You caught today for me as well. xxoo Huntie


  3. Let's CUT the Crap!
    Sep 15, 2014 @ 08:20:17

    Love this for starters, “…wanes to a partial dish of cream.” “…luminous white clouds drifting, silent. peaceful.”
    Oh heck. I can paste every line here because each one is satisfying to all the senses. ❤


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