Fall Haiku

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Paddle River

This week marks the official turning of the season, and it seems appropriate to share a few haiku here. My gratitude to editors Patrick Pilarski and Nicole Pakan for previously publishing these haiku over at DailyHaiku in 2007.

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green tomatoes
in a bowl
waiting for red

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a dog’s joy:
riding in the back
of the pickup

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shelling the last peas
autumn chill cuts the air
summer bleeds

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ripe tomato, sliced
seeds spill out
taste of summer

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walking by the river
poplar leaves fall
perfect little boats

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leaves fall in the river
drift by me
spectator to the parade

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tree outside the window
touched by Midas

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grey sky
red combines crawl
across the field

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the eagle rolls over
shows talons
to the attacking hawk

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one last tomato
overripe, skin wrinkled

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walking home I startle
two not-quite white rabbits

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first snow
dusts the sidewalk
footprints give me away