autumn winds haiga

Linked to Carpe Diem: Fragile Twigs, where our task was to write a haiku in the same spirit, sense and tone as the original by Basho:

eda moroshi   hi toshi yaburu    aki no kaze

fragile twigs
breaking off the scarlet papers
autumn winds 


Here is our host’s haiku:

autumn winds –
colorful leaves struggling
their end is near

© Chèvrefeuille

The “toshi” in the original Japanese refers to a very delicate type of paper.  The paper made me think of shagbark hickory. Not exactly delicate perhaps …but it’s where the mind wandered.

Had to use a shagbark photo from Wikimedia – while they’re everywhere around here, I don’t have a single good photo in the archives.


29 thoughts on “autumn winds (haiga)

  1. Wow scaly trees – and they don’t look like a tree you wanna mess with, know what I mean? Nothing resembling that over here, so far as I know. A bit too sci-fi for us – I’m thinking Reptile Trees from Mars :S

    And the haiga is beautiful once again 🙂


  2. I’d never heard of this tree and seems incredible you haven’t snapped a pic (yet) .. a great haiga, very much in the spirit of Basho’s I think.


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