Haibun: aki fukashi

For Toads Tuesday Platform.

秋深し (あきふかし Autumn Deepens
Meigetsu: the harvest moon is fading. Bright gold coin in the black sky dims and wanes to a partial dish of cream. Hatsu grashi – the first storm of autumn has washed the sky clean. Aki simu – autumn is clearing – a brilliant blue sky with luminous white clouds drifting, silent, peace. Aki no koe – the voice of autumn whispers – a breeze across dry leaves on the grass, wind in the reeds at the creek, the little priest cricket delicately moves his legs, a small voice among the pine and bell crickets, alto to the larger cicada and their metallic thrum.

Shinryoo – a new coolness in the air. The coming of autumn is somnolent today – no rise or fall, a steady tone of almost silence. Morning glory twines lovingly around my plum tree and shows her blue face reflecting her sister the brilliant autumn sky – aki no sora. The small grey tabby across the way sits beneath an oak tree watching the occasional slow falling leaf. Her mad 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. I sit entranced in the midst of the haiku I wish I could write.
voice of cicadas
silent now in the stand of
pine trees on the hill.

tani bucho 1817

13 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. anmol(alias HA)
    Nov 13, 2018 @ 14:56:03

    Oh, this is so very beautiful. A haibun to aspire for, with such concrete and felt imagery and the sounds bringing about a crescendo of mindfulness and peace — the unity of the myriad observations from the fading moon and the storm to the cicadas and crickets and the “early leaf burning” is resplendent. The feeling and experience it brings about in me is something known, if not realized in a long time.
    Wonderful writing, Toni. ❤


  2. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)
    Nov 13, 2018 @ 15:21:49

    A wonderful walk into the beauty of fall… really wonderful use of all those Japanese words… some of this is similar to our season, other things are not.


  3. Carrie Van Horn
    Nov 13, 2018 @ 16:39:16

    I can feel the crisp cooler air and see the leaves falling. This is absolutely beautiful Toni!!


  4. Vivian Zems
    Nov 14, 2018 @ 03:48:03

    I could feel the very breath of nature in this walk-through…beautiful!


    Nov 14, 2018 @ 08:59:08

    Spacious. I can hear the quiet.


  6. Kerry
    Nov 14, 2018 @ 10:07:03

    The specific terminology is so poetic in its own right, and you instill the mood so well throughout the piece. Love the haiku.


  7. annell4
    Nov 14, 2018 @ 11:32:41

    Just beautiful!!


  8. Margaret Schaff Bednar
    Nov 14, 2018 @ 19:25:10

    I can feel myself here – with all the small activities dancing about me – the stillness of the cat waiting and watching (loved that)


  9. coalblack
    Nov 15, 2018 @ 15:35:39

    This is gorgeous, friend.


  10. Frank J. Tassone
    Nov 17, 2018 @ 10:20:45

    Reblogged this on Frank J. Tassone and commented:
    #Haiku Happenings #9: Toni Spencer’s #haibun for #RealToads Tuesday Platform!


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