13 Ways of Looking at Autumn Leaves

For Frank’s prompt at dVerse – imitating poetry. I don’t care for rhymes and rhythms so I am doing poetry ala Wallace Stevens

13 Ways of Looking at Autumn Leaves
“Nothing can cure the soul but the senses, just as nothing can cure the senses but the soul.” ― Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

l.
autumn leaves float
on the surface of the pond
dreaming of summer
2.
wind blows through the trees
rustling the leaves.
they become
an ocean of sound
3.
an owl sails through
the night sky –
the autumn leaves sleep
4.
leaves sunk to the bottom
of the pond
are the color of the eyes of deer
5.
crows in the trees
cackle and crow –
the leaves fall in silence
6.
blown by the wind
the lacy foliage of a cedar
captures an autumn leaf
7.
cold wind causes the leaves
to shiver and shake –
bitterness under a full moon
8.
leaves fall –
the branches are almost bare.soon, soon.
9.
picking up an autumn leaf
all the colors in one.
10.
under the fallen leaves
hickory nuts hide from the squirrels.
11.
leaves like fallen banners
stick to the asphalt.
12.
crows hop from bare branch
to bare branch – they enjoy the sun.
13.
the last leaf clings to the branch.
snow begins to fall –
the last leaf finally lets go.

In Plain Sight

For the Meeting the Bar segment of Dverse Poets Pub. Bjorn gives the prompt today to write from a different perspective.

In Plain Sight
“When composing a verse let there not be a hair’s breath separating your mind from what you write; composition of a poem must be done in an instant, like a woodcutter felling a huge tree or a swordsman leaping at a dangerous enemy.” ― Bashō

well folks, here she is:
a woman who loves the ocean
and howls at the moon.
she observes the passing of the seasons
in the Japanese manner
and makes her own udon.
She has studied extensively Bartitsu
and is an expert at la canne.
She believes in brevity in poetry.
She hides in plain sight.

autumn moon –
the night is gone –
a crow awakens

toni and cat

Haibun: I am Lone Wolf

For Sherry’s Prompt on Real Toads “Answer the wolf’s call with your poems about wildness and wolves, domesticity and mothers, daughters and sons, or your own fierce love for your child. Allow the passage quoted to take you where it pleases. Bring us back whatever you find.” And for the Midweek Motif on Poets United: Authenticity

Haibun: I am Lone Wolf
“The wolves knew when it was time to stop looking for what they’d lost, to focus instead on what was yet to come.”
― Jodi Picoult, Lone Wolf

Most of the time, I prefer to be alone; not part of the crowd. I prefer to wander in the forest and sniff the smells there, feel the heat/cold/rain/snow on my back. I prefer an honesty in my words and actions. If something is shite (IMHO) I prefer to say so and not shilly-shally with polite words. This has gotten me into trouble in the past and so, I prefer to be alone, with my honesty. I am a lone wolf. I only kill to eat, to leave behind forage for the pack roaming behind me. I prefer feeding rather than being fed. I can feed myself. Sometimes I am shot at, sometimes I am smiled at, most of the time I am left alone. I prefer honesty, or authenticity if you will. I don’t put down pretty words and prefer actually, that you be authentic with me. Let’s smell each other’s butts and see where the other has been, what the other has eaten. Sometimes I put my head back and howl at the moon, even when it is hidden by clouds.
fall comes like a storm –
it can be smelled on the wind –
inhale it deeply

Starlings

A gogyohka – a five line untitled, non – rhyming. non-syllabic requirement Japanese poem. I have given this one a title to make it easier to differentiate.

Starlings
“Now panic beats and flutters inside my skull like a flock of starlings locked in an attic.” Stephen King

a cold rain is falling –
starlings float in the sky –
uncomfortable dreams awaken –
on a road to nowhere
the panic overtakes me

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