October’s Surprise

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Fall’s colors blooming

Beauty consuming

Snow’s forecast looming

October’s surprise

 

Brightest leaves falling

Autumn’s paintballing

Is winter calling?

October’s surprise

 

Fall’s brilliance waning

Winter’s clouds reigning

Snowflakes now painting

October’s surprise

 

Season’s change scheming

White landscape beaming

Autumn daydreaming

October’s surprise

 

Leaves’ colors grieving

Wintertime leaving

Fall still believing

October’s surprise

 

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Season’s Trademarks (Haiku Series #200)

One by One

Another leaf falls

Bridging summer and winter—

Turning autumn’s page

A fallen leaf takes center stage (from Walnut Woods Metro Park, Ohio).

Finally . . . Relief!

Breathing much improved

Allergy sufferers’ praise—

Fall’s frosty morning

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Landscape Salutes

Photographer’s dream

Autumn’s bursting colors wave—

Camera smiles back

Bright burst of red (from Walnut Woods Metro Park, Ohio).

Note:  Being red-green color blind, I couldn’t recognize the contrast in colors until I looked at this photo.

Autumn’s Imagination

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Taking a peek from the kitchen window, an eager three-year old girl watches her Dad and older brother working in the backyard.  With the final, late autumn rush of fallen leaves completed, they are raking up the annual harvest.

Bursting with excitement, Lydia enjoys the pile of colorful leaves growing wider and deeper.  She asks her Mom, “May I go out in the backyard to play?”

In the meantime, Dad and brother have moved to the front yard to clean up the few remaining leaves hiding under some bushes.  The enormous leaf pile is waiting for a little princess to share her imagination. 

With permission granted, Mom makes sure her precious daughter is wearing a jacket.  There is a subtle crispness to the autumn afternoon’s air.  The jacket’s collage of color will make a pretty complement to the orange, red, yellow, and rust colors of the leaves.

Dashing out the back door, Lydia sprints as fast as her three-year old legs will allow.  Upon reaching the mountain of leaves, she dives right into the middle.  Quickly, she begins swimming, and her helicopter arms swish the leaves away. 

Sitting in her newly formed crater, she feels like a captain of a ship.  Surrounded by a protective ring of color, she looks to be quite in charge.

Suddenly, she is joined by her older sister.  Now Lydia can enjoy her autumn paradise even more.  The two girls, several years apart in age, create their own universe in the backyard.

Swimming and thrashing about, the leaves begin to scatter.  What could make this even more fun?

Mom arrives with her answer, as she jumps right into the middle of the playful scene.  Now the trio of ladies has fully taken over the once mountainous pile of leaves. With each animated action, the depth of the pile shrinks as it scatters wider and wider. 

Eventually the laughter and fun invite Dad and brother.  As they approach the backyard to see what’s up, they stop and smile.  True, their hard work has been strewn about, but family fun like this only comes along once a year.

They both join in with the others.  Leaves are being thrown in the air, and bits and pieces cling to hair and clothes.  In the middle of it all, smiles an innocent-looking three-year old.  Her precious expression says it all, “Can we do this tomorrow?”

Here’s the star of the show!

Beware of November

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Calendar page turns to November

Autumn season filling with its peace

Colorful leaves have fallen away

Winds of winter begin to release

 

Temperatures cascading downward

Barren trees swaying and shivering

Farm fields ready for hibernation

Autumn’s harmony now quivering

 

Many say, beware of November

Her fading hues begin looking north

Arctic’s snowy cold now encroaching

Winter’s early surprise coming forth

 

Ranchers scurry to shelter cattle

Yards cheerfully display fall’s decor

Boldly hanging on to each strawman

Nothing postpones winter’s early chore

 

Harsh winds of November come and go

Sometimes with cold feints, or so much more

Chilling rain turns to ice, never nice

Winter’s snow, knocking at autumn’s door

 

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During my first year of teaching at Plevna Schools, found in southeastern Montana, I was greeted with a winter that I will always remember.  The first snowflakes and cold began arriving in early November, and they didn’t stop until late February.  Finally the chinook winds began to warm up the countryside, and ranchers and farmers were rejoicing.  After all, the winter one year earlier had included the famous blizzard of 1978.  

Seasons Eternal

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Mankind hurtles toward unknown

Nature’s seasons relay what’s known

 

Autumn prepares for transition

Holding off winter’s ambition

 

Both man and nature look ahead

Unearthing their most common thread

 

At times, life needs relaxing pause

Forsaking bright lights and applause

 

Terrain changes to snowy scene

Covering life white, without green

 

Man growls at cold, numbing weather

Spotting fireplace, warm together

 

Winter’s snowfall hiding its gems

Waiting for newest, greenest stems

 

Spring awakens frozen landscape

Encouraging life’s next escape

 

Man and nature again feel free

Twinkling eyes find each budding tree

 

Creator’s Spirit, love transcends

Seasons eternal, never end

  

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Autumn Moments (Haiku Series #158)

Changing

World turns upside down

Equinox flips earth’s seasons—

Hemispheres apart

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Impatience

Eager autumn colors

Summer still hanging around—

Knocking at the door

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Visionary

Fall’s preparation

Life’s transition to winter—

Glorious spring waits

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Autumn’s Arrival (Haiku Series #156)

Bless You!

Allergy time peaks

Summer moves into autumn—

Ragweed in full bloom

Golden, flowering ragweed sprouting everywhere.

Splendid Transition

Summertime fading

Crisp, cool mornings signal change—

Autumn’s billboard colors

Autumn colors Ohio’s Chestnut Ridge Metro Park.

Poetic Time

Autumn comes knocking

Where have all the song birds gone?

Morning’s quiet peace

Quiet morning along the trail at Chestnut Ridge.

Endless Images (Haiku Series #108)

Departing

Precious moments live

One fallen leaf at a time—

Autumn passes by

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Waiting 

Barren and quiet

Sleeping during winter’s cold—

Trees rest, chilling out

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Comforting

Heavy, humid air

Wind wringing out the water—

Pleasantness arrives

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Boundless Nature (Haiku Series #105)

Endless

Gentle breeze blowing

Autumn leaves fluttering down—

Fading memories    

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Relief

Pollen count drops low

Refreshing air we now breathe—

Morning rains arrive

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Hiding

Morning’s early dawn

Fog blankets each creek and pond—

What mysteries wait?

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