Haibun: Hunting Hawks

For De’s Quadrille prompt at dVerse. A quadrille is a poem of exactly 44 words, sans title, using the prompted word. Today the word is “wink”.also posting this on Real Toads Tuesday Platform.

Haibun: Hunting Hawks
The sun gave a wink and suddenly, it was fall. I awoke to frost on the lawn and leaves changing from green to gold. Hawks glide slowly in the sky, hunting for food.
leaves drift downward –
spicy leaves season the earth –
blue skies overhead

45 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. coalblack
    Nov 05, 2018 @ 15:05:30

    This is a perfect combination of many things worth loving–fall, birds of prey, and autumn blue skies!


  2. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)
    Nov 05, 2018 @ 15:07:10

    Love the way you paint that first morning of frost, though I kind of love the weight of fog as well.


  3. whimsygizmo
    Nov 05, 2018 @ 15:09:05

    “The sun gave a wink” — oh, yessss. I adore this.


  4. Glenn Buttkus
    Nov 05, 2018 @ 15:17:56

    That first frost descends uninvited, fickle and fervent, killing the last blossom from Indian Summer’s garden. I do love me some hawk imagery.


  5. Frank Hubeny
    Nov 05, 2018 @ 15:28:53

    Nice line with “spicy”: “spicy leaves season the earth “


  6. kim881
    Nov 05, 2018 @ 16:05:04

    I love both shape and content, Toni!


  7. sanaarizvi
    Nov 05, 2018 @ 16:27:52

    Love this especially; “spicy leaves season the earth” 🙂


  8. Misky
    Nov 05, 2018 @ 17:19:21

    Lovely halibut, Toni.


  9. V.J. Knutson
    Nov 05, 2018 @ 17:26:08

    Beautiful imagery.


  10. Charmed Chaos
    Nov 05, 2018 @ 17:32:24

    it does feel like that the older we get doesn’t it Toni. A wink and it’s fall- sigh. So little time, so many words…Beautiful and that photo- wow.


  11. Frank J. Tassone
    Nov 05, 2018 @ 20:04:46

    Vibrant, evocative, and so apropo of the season. An elegant quadrille-haibun!


  12. Grace
    Nov 05, 2018 @ 20:04:51

    Love that sudden shift in the season specially spicy leaves seasoning the earth.


  13. Arcadia Maria
    Nov 05, 2018 @ 20:05:17

    Great imagery in this piece. 🙂


  14. qbit
    Nov 05, 2018 @ 20:43:34

    I like the image of spicy leaves. Such an evocative blend of color and the hints of pumpkin spice and the feast to come!


  15. rothpoetry
    Nov 05, 2018 @ 20:47:11

    A beautiful haiku sums up your post very well.


  16. lynn__
    Nov 05, 2018 @ 23:25:24

    Love how fall came with a wink and “spicy leaves season the earth”…superb, Toni!


  17. Gina
    Nov 06, 2018 @ 02:16:41

    the wink from the sun was such a pretty sight, the rays so far reaching before the frost fell


  18. Janice
    Nov 06, 2018 @ 09:54:08

    ‘The sun gave a wink’ captures meanings of wink so well…a lovely haibun.


  19. lillian
    Nov 06, 2018 @ 12:03:28

    Your haibuns, Toni. They could be photographs in a beautiful album 🙂


  20. Pat: willow88switches
    Nov 06, 2018 @ 13:06:15

    word perfect here … word perfect 🙂


  21. Just Barry
    Nov 06, 2018 @ 14:06:46

    Spicy leaves season the earth… that is a most delicious line.

    Lovely haibun on the changing season.


  22. Carrie V. H.
    Nov 06, 2018 @ 14:07:57

    A wonderful Haibun Toni! I love this!


  23. merrildsmith
    Nov 06, 2018 @ 14:32:42

    I really like this, Toni. It did seem like the sun winked and it was autumn. I love the imagery, but particularly the haiku with the spicy leaves seasoning the blue sky. That’s just how it was here a few days ago.


  24. Vivian Zems
    Nov 06, 2018 @ 15:09:15

    Wonderful imagery! And you managed to leave out the pesky rain- as we seem to have it here. Beautiful images in your words!


    Nov 06, 2018 @ 15:38:33

    One wink and summer is gone. This fits well with my poem of the day. I gave the wrong link at Toads. This is the correct one http://www.looseleafnotes.com/2018/11/fall-flavor-2/


  26. Cressida
    Nov 06, 2018 @ 17:46:50

    Fantastic image…sun gives a wink and suddenly it’s fall. It really is like that.


  27. Thinkingoutloud
    Nov 06, 2018 @ 17:58:07

    Oh so true! Love the word pictures you painted here. Great photograph too.


  28. Jim
    Nov 06, 2018 @ 18:26:17

    Best not blink, huh, Toni? You said sooo much with sooo little. Great write.
    We (Texas Gulf Coast inlands) have had a lovely fall, temps into the 80F’s high, occasional low 90’s, then lows in the 60’s and 70’s. It came early this year for us, mid October and has lasted already three weeks. It is projected for another month, gradually cooling more.


  29. Mish
    Nov 06, 2018 @ 21:18:08

    Such a vivid scene of colour and movement…the busy transition of fall. Those hawks would be beautiful to watch. I always feel privileged or blessed when I see one.


  30. mhmp77
    Nov 07, 2018 @ 06:39:06


    The first frost can be such a spectacle to usher in a different set of cold feel and colors in the landscape! A great feel of change, Toni!



  31. annell4
    Nov 07, 2018 @ 08:35:37

    Love this!!!


  32. purplepeninportland
    Nov 07, 2018 @ 14:54:01

    Love, “spicy leaves season the earth.” Nice, Toni.


  33. Rob Kistner
    Nov 12, 2018 @ 15:33:26

    Hi Toni! I enjoyed reading your poem here. Well written, and engaging… yes, the seasons do seem to change in a blink of tge eye. 🙂

    …rob from Image & Verse

    My “wink”


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