Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,
It looks like autumn outside, because it's raining and the wind becomes stronger. My garden already changes it's colors and leaves are tummbling around. Really autumn has come ... Thank you Bjorn for your kind words you have shared here and I think you are right. As we started in Ocitober we were with a few haijin and now we are growing to a wonderful community of haijin in which you all have created your own personal style of writing haiku and that makes me happy ... I think we have reach the dream I had "to share haiku with the world and promote our all so beloved haiku". Wonderful ... to see that there are others who are sharing that dream with me and I am happy, proud and always humble, that I may be your host here.
Today we have another nice classical Japanese kigo for autumn. Today we share haiku on Kiri Hitoha (one Pawlonia leaf, arrival of autumn), a 'royal' tree which was meant after a Dutch Queen.
|Credits: Pavlonia Flowers|
Paulownia is a genus of from 6 to 17 species (depending on taxonomic authority) of plants in the family Paulowniaceae, related to and sometimes included in the Scrophulariaceae. They are native to much of China, south to northern Laos and Vietnam, and long cultivated elsewhere in eastern Asia, notably in Japan and Korea (오동나무). They are deciduous trees 12–15 m (40–50 ft) tall, with large, heart-shaped leaves 15–40 cm across, arranged in opposite pairs on the stem. The flowers are produced in early spring on panicles 10–30 cm long, with a tubular purple corolla resembling a foxglove flower. The fruit is a dry capsule, containing thousands of minute seeds.
The Pawlonia is gorgeous tree, and as the leaves start to color ... then you can say "autumn has arrived". A wonderful haiku written by Issa
kiri hitoha futa wa mi wa yo wa sewashina ya
a paulownia leaf falls,
Isn't it gorgeous? It's very clear that in this haiku by Issa autumn has arrived.
My attempt to write a haiku about Pawlonia leaves:
in the shade of a leaf
the little child hides benaeth
the Pawlonia tree
The leaves of the Pawlonia are really big as you can see here after:
|Credits: Pavlonia leaf|