One edge
hanging over the mountain--
the Milky Way

---Shiki
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tree
leaves
open fields
green golf lawn
in the mist anything goes
-
træ
blade
åbent landskab
grønne g
olf baner
i tågen kan alt gå an
sun rises in the west
from a thousand reflected
suburban windows
the wind dies
flocks of sparrows
in the poplars
the wind blows litter
from dustbins on the pavement
an old fox eats
on the step
his best shoes
full of rain
you can only hear them
traveling through the fog
crows on morning exercise
horizontal rain
lashes at the windows
mustard-coloured clouds
stiff winds
strip of the last cherry leaves
willow hangs on
out of the mist a couple
collecting
recycling goods
disappearing again
morning walk--
grand parents and children
with the sun

*****
sunset
the birds return
with grey moon

*****
window painting
moon close to her shyness
veiled in curtain

*****
stretched desert
gentle shift of the shadow
of a lean branch

*****
orange sun--
morning freshens with
sunflower

Simply Haiku,Summer 2011,Vol.9,No.3
the sun
hangs just above the horizon
wet leaves steaming

walking to school
their breath steams in the cold air
dogs in the garden
the day is breaking
in slow motion
streetlamp went off
to my puppy’s frustration
Blackbirds everywhere
out of reach
a squirrel
runs along the parkside path
wild geese
drizzle
as the day begins
dogs barking
the world stands
barely awaken
in whiteness shorten
morning mist
fades to drizzling rain
indoors cat
Blackbird
in low flight breaking
the morning chillness
barely visible
the Willow in the fog
November quietness
mist
the street lights become
points of refuge
sudden chill
wisps of burned frost
on the road
droning
an aeroplane in the night
missing stars
the road outside
polka-dot with fallen leaves
mushrooms on the lawn
apples
left on the tree
blackbirds
summer bedding
blooms in the mild weather
the fish are sluggish
trails of berries
under the shrimp bush
the cat
a curtain of rain
veils the sullen field
a crow huddles
shafts of sunlight
break through low clouds
yellow leaves
sunny interval -
the path of plane trees
sparkles

***

éclaircie -
l'allée de platanes
scintille
garden wiegela
puts out another bloom
rampant nasturtiums
while watching television
across my window
full moon at dawns light
emerging from the woods
we become entangled
in your prickly past

rancid swamp breath
have we lost our way?
a duck paddles past

our carved initials
no longer legible
in contorted growth
foxes
defending territory
housecats cower
somewhere,
out a window, it is warmer than
this autumn morn
trees are happy somewhere,
like when she called me her baby
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..(C)2011 Spiros Zafiris
..channeled; spirit Harmony; reaching
into the poet's heart
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branch and streetlamp
through the window
another world

soft rustling above
the cool blue sky warms
to orange applause


lavishly released
held by the wind's cupped hands
the paintings descend


ambushed by fragrance
we freely trod upon
small masterpieces

midnight lamp post
screech owl makes a call
fox trundles past
traffic lights
reflected in wet streets
church silhouette
sluggish fish
in the garden pond
maple leaves
barren branch
the lone bird choruses
with me

*****
early evening
the bat moves
moonward

Chrysanthemum-10,October 2011
Rising moon
evening extends
to sky

Honorable Mention, Asahi Haiku,October 21,2011

the tree
planted long ago
grows slowly
beneath soil and root
she lies
sweet Queenie the cat
sea sprays -
with and without glasses
fuzzy horizon

***

embruns -
avec et sans lunettes
les lointains flous
sparrows find grubs
among the fallen leaves
next year's seedlings
not too windy
and leaves chase me...
I know they hurt
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..(C)2011 Spiros Zafiris
..channeled; spirit Ram
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the alarm
pulls me from soft-focus sleep
crows in the garden
blowing from the north
first fallen leaves collect
on the southern side
inevitably
fall on fresh snow
last leaves
red leaves
much more brightly
the first snow
rain patters
on the plastic shed roof
butterfly cocoons
in the front yard
naked trees
and thick brown carpet
to my dogs delight
autumn playmate
droplets of water
hang from hedgerow like jewels
red berries
Without wild ducks
The lake becomes empty
Melancholy
the fallen leaves
the autumn wind chases
on sidewalk
rattling wind
a scarecrow flaps his hands
leaf fall
in the stilled shadows of night
fingering a rosary of regrets
again
next door's cat
the dog lets himself out
through the cat flap
damp grass
covered in sycamore leaves
compost worms
behind stone fence
a cloud of crows hover
graveyard
sad delight
unusual whiteness
first snow
late autumn
painted by the first frost
constellation of stars
leaves
skitter along the road
children creep to school
another hour
to my Sunday
summertime is over
dreamlike falling
yellow/red leaves
autumn sun reflect
sycamore leaves
cover the front lawn
starlings bicker
slow ripples
on the still pond - like
stained glass
trees
emerge from the mist
a crow's call
the fence steams
under the morning sun
bluetits gather
red maples
a new nursery
is waiting
fall rain-
brone, gold and red leaves
skitter down the street
a single bluetit
seeks insects on the buddleia
before the rain
Chinese gooseberries
hang like tiny paper lanterns
backlit clouds
autumn leaves turn orange
clinging desperately to trees
sighing in the wind
crows  -
autumn's door closing
on rusty hinges
rain-speckled windows
a thrush picks snails
from the garden wall














the Red Deer's
guttural roar - as if the
woods were on fire


Photo Red Deer Bull by Ben Bawden

http://www.flickr.com/photos/benbawden/5255947404/
in the gathering grey
of an October afternoon
pigeons squabbling
yellow fingers
clinging to the cherry tree
a lonely sparrow
puddles
from the night's rain
broken willow

Tanka..melodrama

sheer melodrama--
yesterday's shoots prepare
for autumn's departure
I prefer to feign ignorance,
opting to think of her
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..(C)2011 Spiros Zafiris
..channeled; spirit Harmony;
reaching into the poet's heart
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new flowers
on the lavender bush
soft rain
one or two naps
miscounted--and all the leaves
have fallen
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..(C)2011 Spiros Zafiris
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still night
near full moon
crackles in the runoff
autumn weeps
puddles of scarlet leaves -
the cut that never quite heals
clearing skies-
a crow on top of the pine
caws and flaps
maroon acer leaf
floats in a rain puddle
household paw prints
the last of the apples
lies rotting on the lawn
late pigeon chicks
leaves fall
on your outstretched hands...
giving to the end
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..(C)2011 Spiros Zafiris
golden leaves
scattered like withered hearts
darkling world
squirrel
emptying the bird-table
planting a peanut farm
a night of rain
the clatter of dustbins
on the street
stiff breeze
through the open window
the tang of petrol
ring, ye bells!
flood the streets, your chimes
leaf upon fallen leaf
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..(C) 2011 Spiros Zafiris
..mostly channeled; spirit Ram
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yellow birch leaves
caught on lavender spikes
old poppy rattles

Camber Sands



















the slurred landscape shifts -
I'm walking into grey


Photo by Alex Bienfait
I avoid
looking at the leaves
they tumble, tumble
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..(C) 2011 Spiros Zafiris
..channeled; spirit Ram
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sunlight
speckled with frost diamonds
and mist
lights along the quay
the dogs in town are barking
at the staring moon

Becici, Montenegro
red viburnum leaves
look like springtime tulips
cold rain


wind and waves
silence
around her


spirit offering
wind stirs
the ancient pine
California creeper
scarlet as the season's bale fires
nasturtium flowers
sunlight
reflected from yellow leaves
dappled cat

A Barren Heath


on a barren heath
winters drab colors hold sway
spring a dream to come

Auras In Blue

wispy sky's afloat
shimmering auras in blue
summers last perfume
speckles of rust
appear on the apples
the crows don't mind
by hostess
flaunts her beauty
autumn
late autumn
in wrinkled tattoos
handful of petals
in twilight
on a web desire
the first star
cold wind
wipes the pavement dry
bracket fungus
indian summer -
a dried twig
in her hair

***

été indien -
une brindille sèche
dans ses cheveux
cherry leaves
black against the dawn
sparrow song
autumn leaves
on the pavement
curled and scratching
the shout of a heron
somewhere in the mist -
circles on the water

***

le cri d'un héron
quelque part dans la brume -
des ronds sur l'eau
shaggy ink caps
fruit in the safety of brambles
arums topple

winds talk, leaves answer
a losing battle for leaves
autumn weather
crows squabble
in the sycamores
fallen fruit
chestnuts
in the cemetery
magpie strutting
trees bend
in an unforgiving wind
dry leaves clatter
little brown sparrows
in the sycamore trees
orange Sainsbury's bags
evening commute
gold and bronze leaves
shimmer in the sunset
smoke slips up the chimney
summer's spent blossoms
tap at the window
spinning leaves-
a Mommy and Me dance
recital in the park
beach flags
clatter in the wind
gulls and crows
steely clouds
a crow ventures forth
sycamore safety
golden sun
drips from willow leaves
morning rain

as the tree fades to yellow
the blue sky shift towards red
autumn
colours
Indian summer  -
dogs leaping
at falling leaves
slippers
housebound these days
...'tis near chilly
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..(C) 2011 Spiros Zafiris
..channeled; spirit Ram
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still dark
no birds to break
the silence
rain
wraps the fields in silence
washes graves

the world seems empty
quiet and without wind
only streetlamp and I
take steps in the vacuum
autumn evening
a leaf falls  -
shivering circles
on the stream
yellow poppy
puts out autumnal flowers
dandelion
cutting in dices
pieces of apple -
autumn moon

***

coupant en dés
des quartiers de pomme -
la lune d'automne
the dog
at the open window
cold breeze
dark window glass
how far is it from here
to cricket song?

kaca jendela
jauhkah dari sini
ke kerik jengkerik?
poppy heads
dry-rattle in the breeze
honesty pennies
Sunny recalled


early dusk
the sun slips away
with my heart

come harvest moon
you dance in meadows
while I sleep

fiery leaves
merely remembered
wither brown

sunshine on water
the fish in the garden pond
wait to be fed
misty rain
makes rainbows on wet roofs
spongy green moss
wild mushrooms
populate the field
pigeons
crows ruffle feathers
against the chill wind
cherry trees shiver
long-sleeved sweat
for my morning footing -
summer capitulates

***

sweat à manches longues
pour la course du matin -
l'été capitule
a sprinkle of rain
sets the apples rotting
hungry wasps
cemetery grass
littered with chestnut husks
and beech nuts
frost warning -
the woodchuck nibbles an apple
. . . unconcerned
old  priorities check
above as below
wan sunshine
breaks through the crisp air
golden acorns
that evil thought again
separate now
the new goal devotion
writing on the heart
autumn morning  -
rain dancing
on the puddles
fallen fruit
speckle the grass under the apple tree
starlings
the dog barks
as the dustmen work
alarm ringing
two men on the street
talk about their health problems
a crow laughs
september dew -
a spider web between
the brake handles


***

lumière d'automne -
une toile d'araignée
entre les poignées de frein
mint in the grass
beneath thick trunks of ivy
frogs
leaves yellow and fall
the cat's shrubbery den
exposed
a finger of wind
creeps through the open window
a crow's call

rain – how much
before we all float
dry land  - a fairytale
yellow rose
casts its petals to the wind
fading buddleia
Finally I stop walking
Lingonberry lays down
its heavy load

* * *

Seisahdun viimein
Puolukka laskee maahan
raskaan taakkansa
rain clouds
reflected in puddles
swallow's flight
shelving
Labor Day's reads
romance, romance...
horizontal rain
hammers at the window
the cat, soaking
natures beauty grows
branches reaching to great heights
my silver oak climbs
yellow petals
cover the surface of the pond
autumn leaves
fiery montbretia
fives a last flare of colour
wild arum drumsticks
old man crow
eating apples on the tree
shouts at starlings
cobwebs
suspended in the hedgerow
glitter in the sun
thoughts of leaving
is it just a new corner
thoughts of leaving
is it just another turn
hints of change
first bout of allergies
champagnes grapes in markets
starlit night
the boy's feet even smaller
in his father's shoes
falling asleep
the scent of baby lotion
fills my dreams
sudden wind
falling leaves meet
in one corner


Berry Blue Haiku,Issue 2,September,2010


rise and fall of
autumn wind, my breath
interwoven


the road curves
into yesterday, whispers
of falling leaves


everywhere the twilight
zendo bell
fading into stillness