Thursday, November 29, 2018

Carpe Diem #1556 fleeting autumn (yuku aki) ..

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Welcome at the last episode of CDHK November 2018 in which we celebrated the beauty of autumn. We have had wonderful prompts this month and I hope you all did like this special theme-month "the leaves are falling". It was a joy to create this month for you and I am looking forward to our upcoming month, December.
In December we will go on a journey straight through the Americas. We will "ride" the Pan American Highway from Canada to Argentina and I hope this journey will be an awesome one. Are you going with me?
Next month I will use another linking widget. That linking widget is of "Mr. Linky" and is used very often on other websites and on other parts of our CDHK Family community. The "Mr.Linky" widget has no time period, so I hope you all will respond as usually within a week. I will try the "Mr. Linky" widget a month and than we will evaluate it.

Fleeting Autumn (yuku aki)

To end this celebration of autumn with I have a nice classical kigo, fleeting autumn (yuku aki), for you to work with.

Let me give you a little background on this classical kigo:

In autumn, the feeling of sadness and loss is expecially explicit in most of the kigo related to its parting. The coming winter season was a hard one to live through in the times without electricity and central heating of the Edo period.

So many haiku about "fleeting autumn" were written in a sad tone, but there were also haiku that were positive, because after the dark period of the year nature will come alive again ...

fallen leaves
come flying from elsewhere:
autumn is ending

© Shiki

the stream hides itself
in the grasses
of departing autumn

© Shirao

And a last one in which the sad feeling is almost senseable:

the pampas grass
waves good-bye, good-bye,
to departing autumn

© Issa

I love to end this episode with a few poems by myself, first a Troiku:

walking on the heath
in the light of the full moon
the scent of autumn

walking on the heath
feeling one with a Shepherd
in contact with God 

in the light of the full moon
laying down in the meadow
the River of Heaven 

the scent of autumn
feelings of departure and loneliness
tears in the puddle

© Chèvrefeuille

And a tanka:

autumn departs
in deep silence willow leaves fall -
tears on this grave
as the willow is green again
another year has gone

© Chèvrefeuille

I hope you did like this final episode of November.

This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until December 6th at noon (CET). I will try to publish our first weekend meditation of December later on.


  1. November has been a veritable poetic feast. Thank you for all your hard work providing us with the Autumn celebration.I enjoyed it very much

    Your tanka is beautiful.I found the troiku spiritually moving and inspirational piece indeed.
    Good luck with your new job
    Don't tell them you are a poet. They will think you are crazy:)

  2. What a gorgeous troiku and tanka you share here, Kristjaan...thank you for bringing beauty to our November as we say goodbye to autumn!

  3. Here's mine: