Poetry Friday: Three Haiku

Last week I found a red leaf and I knew right away that fall is knocking on the door. There are other signs, too. The monarchs discovered the milkweed I planted in spring and several caterpillars are happily munching. The cone flowers are bidding their final adieu, making way for the autumn sedum. I’ve been watching the bird feeders for unexpected visitors. One late summer afternoon several years ago I was surprised to spot what I think was an indigo bunting. I never saw it again, so I like to think that maybe he just stopped by to refuel. All of these images made their way into three haiku I quickly scribbled at breakfast this morning.

Three Haiku

leaf by leaf by leaf
summer waltzes into fall
green and red and brown

lovely monarchs lay
caterpillars munch munch munch
butterflies emerge

flowers, seeds, and fruit
a welcome mat for travelers
stop and rest a while

Carol has the Poetry Friday round-up at The Apples in My Orchard today. Please stop by for more poetry fun.

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16 Responses to Poetry Friday: Three Haiku

  1. lindabaie says:

    Yes, the signs are appearing! Lovely capture of some of yours, Rose. I wonder if that bunting was refueling?

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  2. haitiruth says:

    Love! Ruth, thereisnosuchthingasagodforsakentown.blogspot.com

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  3. margaretsmn says:

    Love the repetition in your first two verses. Small signs of fall. I wish the temperatures would catch up.

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  4. Denise Krebs says:

    Rose, lovely haiku for a lovely season approaching. “a welcome mat for travelers” is my favorite line. Yes, the world of nature is a great gift for life.

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  5. Great haiku, Rose! Your subjects of monarchs and seasonality are favorites of mine! I love watching nature in all its glory unfold and you captured it beautifully! Thanks!

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  6. janicescully says:

    The signs are here too, hidden in the 80 degree still summer heat. Enjoy the change. In your third haiku, I love the idea of fruit and seeds as welcome mat for travelers.

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  7. Oh, I like that 3rd one especially! A welcome mat spread with a banquet, fit for a nap!

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  8. cvarsalona says:

    Rise, you created a triple haiku with a bonus line that paints a picture: “a welcome mat for travelers”.

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  9. mgminer says:

    “Summer waltzes into fall.” Such a beautiful image. I love how you used your close observations to create your haiku.

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  10. I love this line: summer waltzes into fall.

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  11. maryleehahn says:

    This is just about exactly where we are in the swing of seasons. Every detail: random red leaves, monarchs, fingers crossed for new visitors to the bird feeders…plus acorns and hickory nuts galore! Love your trio of haiku!

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  12. Elisabeth says:

    These are all wonderful but I particularly love the third one – the idea of the flowers and seeds as a welcome mat. Just lovely!

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  13. mbhmaine says:

    These are all wonderful, and I especially love the third one. I wish you many visiting travelers at your welcome mat!

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  14. Laura Shovan says:

    Hi, Rose. It feels like you’ve been in our garden! The sedum is getting ready to blossom and the summer plants are almost done. We planted milkweed this year — butterflies, but we haven’t spotted any caterpillars munch munch munching yet.

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  15. The mention of monarch’s munching on milkweed makes me envious Rose. Your summer haiku war me as I sit here in the cool late winter afternoon waiting for the Australian spring to arrive.

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  16. Lovely seasonal haikus, thanks for sharing the changing season around you Rose!

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