Autumn's Susurrus - A Month of Daily Haiku (Day 3)

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03 Mellow Forest.jpgImage by Lars_Nissen_Photoart from Pixabay

Golden leaves shiver.
Autumn's susurrus quivers;
winter snow follows.

© Rowan Joyce, all rights reserved.

In this Haiku I'm focusing on the feeling behind the changing of the seasons in a forest. When I looked at this picture it reminded me of that crisp sound of dry autumn leaves rustling in the wind. While writing I tried to imagine that feeling, and the over-arching sense of place when considering the environment in a quiet mind. Hopefully it expressed some of what makes a great Haiku:

Kigo (季語), an explicit or implicit reference to a season, that defines the time of the year in which the haiku referrers to or is composed.

Sabi (寂), the sense of the inexorable passage of time, the beauty or serenity that accompanies the advance of age, when the life of the objects and its impermanence are highlighted by patina and wear or by any visible repairs.

Mono no aware (物の哀れ), empathy with nature and human life; the "feeling of things", nostalgia, regret for the passing of time, understanding of the changeability and of the transience without suffering.

Yūgen (幽玄), sense of wonder and mystery; it represents the state of mind produced by the inexplicable fascination of things, the feeling of an 'other' universe, full of mysterious unity.
Reference from @bananafish Mizu No Oto Haiku Competition

This is day three of my month long challenge - from the 13th of May until the 12th of June - to post a daily Haiku on steem. Each week will have a different theme based on picture prompts from either or This week's broad theme is different natural environments.

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