Saturday, August 31, 2013

Carpe Diem #286, Risshuu (coming of autumn)

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

An all new month of Carpe Diem's daily haiku meme lays ahead of us. Another month of nice classical Japanese kigo (seasonwords) for autumn will be revealed to you this month and of course we have Mabson O, Southard as our featured haiku-poet for the Specials. He wrote his haiku in the classical 5-7-5 syllable-structure and so the all new haiku which you are gonna write inspired on the haiku by Southard have to be also in that classical structure. Not an easy task I think, because the most of us write their haiku in the non-classical (more Western) style which I, by the way, prefer. So this month's Specials will be a challenge for me too.

Our first regular prompt for September, which I have divided in early-, mid- and late-autumn kigo, is Risshuu (coming of autumn). By the way I had to share this Nat King Cole song äutumn leaves" with you all I ran into it by accident and I liked it.

After the heat of summer nature will return to her hibernation state. Trees will loose their leaves with a firework of colors and the weather will change. The Japanese say that the moon of autumn is the most beautiful moon and I agree with them.
Autumn is my favorite season. I love the colors of the leaves, I really can enjoy the stormy weather and it's a time to look back and a time of preparation. Autumn is the season of going deep inside your body, heart and mind to meditate and contemplate ... seeking the peace within.

autumn leaves

So let's do some haiku composing ...

coloring leaves
in the bright light of the full moon -
mystic fragility

What a joy ... nature's putting on her festive clothes in a grand farewell to summer. Awesome ...
I hope you enjoyed the read and I hope that it inspires you to compose your haiku.

This prompt will stay on 'till September 2nd 11.59 AM (CET) and I will post our next episode, Shinryoo (new coolness), later on today around 7.00 PM (CET). !! Risshuu is open for submissions at 7.00 PM (CET) !!


  1. Ahh. what a wonderful last line... love it.

  2. This is a piece of art, Kristjaan.

  3. Mystical indeed! Beautiful post! So happy to have kigo words back!

  4. Fragile mysticism... Oh! Beautiful.

  5. Magical haiku you composed, Kristjaan!

  6. Chev, I was so inspired by your poem, I had to do one.