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Fall Haiku Challenge

By October 17, 2013

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Since this has been art week, let's have a fall haiku challenge (or spring, for those of you Down Under). Here's mine:

A cormorant dips
Into the pond; the floating
Yellow leaves bobble.

You don't have to stick with the five-seven-five syllable rule if it gets in the way. However, a Zen haiku should say something about nature and the season, and it should bring the reader into a single, present moment. No past or future; no metaphors or analogies. Read more about the rules of writing Zen haiku. Now, your turn!

October 17, 2013 at 10:00 am
(1) won says:

hot, humid climate
death provides structure for now
maybe swim later

October 17, 2013 at 10:14 am
(2) Mila says:

Sip by
sip my morning tea. Outside,
autumn leaves falling.

October 17, 2013 at 1:21 pm
(3) Riverflow says:

autumn mist
a crow
adds her own silence

October 17, 2013 at 5:25 pm
(4) Mo Reynolds says:

A crisp, white, cold blanket
Silent footsteps
A robin waits……..

October 17, 2013 at 5:46 pm
(5) James Patrick Haynes says:

My haiku

fall morn
sssuddenly awake
a snake on the path

October 17, 2013 at 5:58 pm
(6) Tameko says:

i dance with full moon
with chocolate cake in my
vwlly; life is so good

October 17, 2013 at 6:04 pm
(7) Tameko says:

i dance with full moon
with chocolate cake in my
belly; life is so good

October 17, 2013 at 11:32 pm
(8) Georgi Patel says:

The unopened rosebud has no perfume, Pungent mold stains the scarlet leaf, Autumn triumphs.

October 18, 2013 at 10:03 am
(9) roger says:

Thank you for sharing! I enjoyed your haiku. I was there in the moment on that autumn day watching the cormorant fish. Lovely!

October 18, 2013 at 10:55 am
(10) roger says:

crimson shower floats down
weary geese settle on cool waves–
I am ten again

October 19, 2013 at 7:25 am
(11) Hein says:

upon a yellow lawn
pink sakura petals fall
there is no rain
on the plain

October 19, 2013 at 12:15 pm
(12) Mumon says:


October 19, 2013 at 12:18 pm
(13) Mumon says:

There was a typhoon.
Very Difficult <sigh>
The meeting delayed.

October 20, 2013 at 7:06 pm
(14) Mila says:

half-rain, half-snow: hearing
Bach’s counterpoint makes even this
seem perfect

October 21, 2013 at 1:41 am
(15) Hein says:

white is the lawn
hail everywhere
the smell of lavender in the air

October 22, 2013 at 3:08 pm
(16) Charles says:

maple leaf caught in wind
circles like pond ripples, or mind
flits, golden when lit.

October 25, 2013 at 8:11 am
(17) Kevin McLaughlin says:

Returned to their nest.
Mated sandhill cranes trumpet:
Drought in the wetlands.

October 25, 2013 at 8:17 am
(18) Kevin McLaughlin says:

The brief squall passes,
One drop of water glistens,
On each pine needle.

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