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Autumnal Ensigns (a haiku by Bette A. Stevens)

Photo and Haiku by Bette A. Stevens Autumn’s vibrant display of colors never fails to inspire and writing Haiku (a Japanese-inspired three-line: 5-7-5 syllable poetry form) is one of my favorite ways to capture nature’s stories. Haikus are usually written about nature. Here’s what I came up with this week. What’s inspiring you this autumn? ~ Bette A. Stevens, Maine author/illustrator

Happy Haiku Writing!

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Comments on: "Write an Autumn Haiku!" (35)

  1. This is awesome! Tweeted it and put it on google.

  2. Nice haiku, especially with those gorgeous trees as a backdrop!

  3. Autumn’s golden
    slant of light intoxicates
    mortal soul and eye

  4. Wow! That is a tempest indeed – hope the storm wasn’t too bad. Great autumnal haiku – the morning skies are particularly inspiring at the moment, white clouds skittling across the the palest of blue skies, lit up by sunlight struggling to warm the air.

    • The storm left a few downed trees and some much needed rain. Thanks for stopping to check in and leave your delightfully inspiring description of your morning skies. Ours was glorious today…sunshine and glorious fall foliage basking in it! Hugs & love ~ Bette

  5. Lovely! And the photo is a perfect complement to the haiku.

  6. Lovely, Bette. We have no color here yet – very late fall. Also Hurricane Matthew has left us with a mess…and some leaks.

    • Hi, Noelle. Winds left us a few downed birches along the field and a bit of much needed rain. Dan’s already got the trees cut and stacked and the weather has been perfect since. Wishing you many beautiful weeks after a devastating storm and thankful that you are safe. Blessings and love… ❀

  7. Beautiful haiku, Bette, and it describes the photo perfectly. I love the dark skies in the background in contrast to the sunlit trees.

  8. Beautiful haiku and photo, Bette. β€οΈπŸ‘

  9. I so love this time of year. The rain stopped, the air cleared and now it’s crisp, dry and the leaves look like they are lit from within … like your picture at the top of the page. It almost makes up for the rest of the year πŸ™‚

    • I’m with you, Marilyn! The autumn landscape hasn’t been this spectacular for years. I’ve been out with the camera every day trying to capture its glory before leaves fall, leaving our lovely trees ready to dress in winter white. That too is spectacular, but I’m never quite ready for it. Cheers abounding for many more awesome autumn days! πŸ™‚ ❀

  10. Autumn is a joy,
    Orange tinged with red and brown,
    A thing of beauty.

    Hooray! My very first haiku. It only took me 71 years to try.
    Thanks for nudging me, Bette. πŸ™‚

  11. Perfect words for my favorite season. Thanks

  12. I can’t wait to experience autumn in the US again! So beautiful. Thanks for sharing this post at Booknificent Thursday on Mommynificent.com this week!

  13. What a lovely Haiku, Bette. I love fall and I’m even looking forward to the tempest that follows. Hugs, dear friend.

    • Thank you, Michelle. Feeling very fall-ish here in Central Maine this week. Perfect weather for warming up with a great book and a cup of hot cocoa. Almost finished reading The Shoemaker’s Wife by Adriana Trigiana. Hate for it to end. Enjoy your week, my friend! πŸ™‚ ❀

      • We are waiting for fall here. We are back and forth between upper 70’s and mid 60’s. I can’t wait for sweater weather. I’m so happy to hear you are enjoying The Shoemaker’s Wife. I have it in my TBR. Have a great week, dear Bette. Hugs.

  14. Gorgeous haiku inspired by a gorgeous photo, Bette (almost looks like a underwater glimpse of coral, doesn’t it?).

    Here in Cincinnati Autumn is still teasing us behind veils of Indian Summer. I am SO looking forward to the crispness and the beauty of one of my favorite seasons.

    Winter is the other, btw – which will be on its way all too soon in Maine, I’m sure. But for NOW I want your weather and your scenery. πŸ™‚ Beautiful share. Thank you.
    (Madelyn Griffith-Haynie – ADDandSoMuchMORE dot com)
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    • Autumn tree tops against the stormy sky really do resemble coral… πŸ™‚ Thanks so much for stopping by to add to the conversation, Madelyn. After two days of much needed rain, the sun is shining again today and it’s feeling more like spring than fall. With all of the summer-like temps we’ve been blessed the enjoy into October, it’s only been two days of glorious color. In fact, we were wondering if our dull and rusty leaves were going to explode this year–they did! πŸ™‚ xo

      • My pleasure. We have rain again today here – much to the dismay of my puppy, whose walk was truncated, even with his raincoat. (If you’ve ever had a long-haired small dog, you know you REALLY don’t want them wet!)

        Yesterday was glorious so we took a walk around a nearby pond and he came back with a face-full of sticker burrs, bless his little puppy heart. It took over an hour to comb and cut them out. At least with his raincoat I only have to dry and demat the top of his head, tail and feet – and if he starts out in relatively good shape that’s a relatively quick process.

        So, even though it is my favorite season, I don’t love EVERYTHING about autumn – lol. It sure is a pretty season, however, and both pup and I appreciate the cooler temperatures.

  15. Perfect. You say so much in such a few words. I am in awe!!

  16. You have such a way with words. Thank you for sharing this at Booknificent Thursday on Mommynificent.com! I appreciate it!

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