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November 20, 2006

holding on to autumn

Filed under: Haiku or Senryu — David Giacalone @ 11:36 pm

The first truly wintry winds blew along the banks of the Mohawk River today, here in Schenectady, New York.  The chill reminded me that I’m not quite ready to see autumn go, and not quite ready to put on my holiday face, despite the joyous moments that are sure to happen around a Thanksgiving feast, just three days from now.  Andrew Riutta and Matt Morden seem to reflect my own spirits in the poems below.




the old days . . .
autumn colors
black and white



instant coffee
a stirring of leaves
in the courtyard


holding my own . . .
autumn colors
let go


leafless trees—
an old man stares at himself
in the river


how cold:
sunshine through
a leafless willow

autumn wind—
a leaf and homeless man
cross paths


in her silence
the tea kettle
announces winter

small world
in the rear-view mirror
everywhere I’ve been
. . . . . .  by andrew riutta    TurkeySil

early frost
my daughter asks me to
turn the music down


november dusk
an owl chases
commuters home


mid-life crisis
raking up leaves
in the wind



autumn dusk
following a poet’s car
to the rainbow’s end


. . . . by matt morden 


a third helping
of Thanksgiving politics
I bite my tongue 


harsh wind
takes the tree’s last leaves —
slowly undressing her



Thanksgiving rush —
not as late
as that flock of geese


. . . by dagosan


andrew riutta 
“the old days . . .”  – for Linda Chambers, Full Moon Magazine (2005)
“instant coffee” – SP Quill–Autumn 2005
“leafless trees” – Simply Haiku (Autumn 2005)
“how cold” – Full Moon Magazine (2005)
“small world” – clouds peak #1 (July 1, 2006)


TurkeyWine  matt morden 
“early frost” –   Morden Haiku   (Nov. 22, 2005)

“november dusk” – Morden Haiku (Nov. 13, 2006)
“mid-life” & “autumn dusk” – Haiku Canada Newsletter –  Vol XVIII Feb 2005 No.1

1 Comment

  1. david,

    happy thanksgiving.


    a stranger arrives
    with a five gallon gas can

    Comment by ed markowski — November 23, 2006 @ 7:16 pm

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