Autumn haibun . . .

fall garden:
the Japanese maple
dons her red kimono . . .

A forest surrounds my garden–  

Mile-high oaks . . .  Occasional pines . . .  The stripped, red horsechestnut–littered with its scat of fallen buckeyes . . .  The white ash (turned yellow) we decided to let grow until we could see it–a bright exclamation point crackling with Major League electricity . . .  Red sumac we never seem to get a handle on, overtaking the hillside that leads down to our ponds . . .  Shy dogwood . . .  The plum–first among our trees to shed its canopy–a Roman arch above a curved stone ruin of a bench . . .

the pin-oak holds fast
to dying leaves, sheltering
the bare plum’s branches

A lonely crape–wrapped in papery bark, tied with leaves of crimson . . .

red leaves
from a lone Crape myrtle–
one or two still hanging . . .

A forest surrounds my garden . . .  


About Margaret Dornaus

I’m a writer and a teacher, as well as a haiku-doodler. I live in a beautiful woodland setting, surrounded by native oak forests, that inspires me to record haiku snapshots of luna moths and our resident roadrunner, and even an occasional black bear as it hightails it across the top of my road, my mongrel dog barking at its heels as I watch with wonder. My work as a travel writer has appeared in publications from The Dallas Morning News to the Robb Report. You can find examples of my travel writing–as well as excerpts from a travel memoir I’m working on–at my other WordPress site, Travelin’ On. What more than that do you need to know? Only that I started this blog with an eye toward collaboration. Got a haiku? Send it my way. . . . I’m all about new visions & voices. Best, Margaret
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6 Responses to Autumn haibun . . .

  1. heednotsteve says:

    Ooh, I really like that first haiku “dons her red kimono”

  2. alee9 says:

    I’m late here but I’m glad I read through this post. I love all three of these new windows to my favorite season, especially the first one–the Japanese red maple, too, the object of my endless fascination. Thank you, Margaret. And here’s one of mine that could be an echo of your ku?

    Japanese maple
    so stark in red—
    her looks once

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