September / October 2009 "leaves" Thread




Announcing the November / December 2009 the "winter solstice" Thread

The theme of the November / December 2009 haiku thread will be anything to do with the "winter solstice in either the southern and northern hemispheres. It is not necessary to use the words "winter solstice".

Writers may post an unlimited number of haiku to the "winter solstice" Haiku Thread.

Subject Line:  November/December 2009 winter solstice haiku thread.

Deadline: Midnight Sunday, December 27, 2009.


Author, Country

All Haiku received will be posted daily on-line at  November / December  2009 winter solstice Haiku Thread.

The Sketchbook editors will select their Monthly Haiku Choice from this thread for publication in the Thursday, December 31, 2009 Sketchbook.


Read the September / October 31, 2009 Editor's Choices:  Editor Karina Klesko, Editor John Daleiden


The following poets have contributed to the September / October 31, 2009 "leaves" Haiku Thread

Participants: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16,17,18,19,20,21,22,23,24,25,26,27,28

Karin Anderson, AU; Ralf Bröker, DE; Willie Bongcaron, PH; Daniela Bullas, UK; Patricia Carragon, US; John Daleiden, US; Andrzej Dembończyk, PL; Ignatius Fay, CA; Terri French, US; Bernard Gieske, US; Phyllis Jean Green, US; Alexander "Lex" Joy, US; Betty Kaplan, US; Krzysztof Kokot, PL; Karen O'Leary, US; Jacek Margolak, PL; Aju Mukhopadhyay, IN; Peter H. Pache, US; Elaine Riddell, NZ; Keith A. Simmonds, TT; Monica E. Smith, US; André Surridge, NZ; Barbara A Taylor, AU; Cindy Tebo, US; Maria Tirenescu, RO; Sasa Vazic, SR; Neal Whitman, US; Monika Wojtenka, PL

Countries:  1,2,3,4,5.6,7,6,7,8,9,10,12,13

Australia, Canada, Croatia, Germany, India, New Zealand, Philippians, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Trinidad and Tobago, United Kingdom, United States

autumn equinox—
falling leaves or love
hard to let go

# 01. Daniela Bullas, UK

red and gold leaves
a wreath for her head
autumn wedding

# 02. Betty Kaplan, US

the first cluster
red-orange leaves in the hedge
—frost this morning

# 03. Ignatius Fay, CA

paper confetti—
golden leaves
dance in the wind

# 04. Karen O'Leary, US

thru the falling leaves

# 05. Peter H. Pache, US

brittle leaves—
cupping my tin mug
still steaming

# 06. Neal Whitman, US

under the dogwood
leaves cover
a cat's grave

# 07. Bernard Gieske, US

golden fans
of ginko leaves
autumn sunshine

# 08. Patricia Carragon, US

more and more yellow leaves
in my vase

# 09. Andrzej Dembończyk, PL

sunlight dapples brick
fidgety aspen leaves
run interference

# 10. Ignatius Fay, CA

falling leaves—
last kiss
before parting

# 11 Krzysztof Kokot, PL

first frosty night
fallen leaves covering
the white lawn

# 12. Jacek Margolak, PL

autumn morning:
in all shapes and fancy
swirling leaves

# 13. Keith A. Simmonds, TT

sound of scudding leaves
intensifies the raw chill
of the autumn wind

# 14. Ignatius Fay, CA

warm day
this leaf
its way down

# 15. Ralf Bröker, DE

first Autumn leaf streaks
one hundred crimson sunsets
curl into Winter

# 16. Karin Anderson, AU

autumn dusk—
quivering leaves
mistaken for rain

# 17. Neal Whitman, US

mom and dad
selling the city house—
raking leaves

#18. Ignatius Fay, CA

Yellow leaves on the path
mark the way
to her home

# 19. Monika Wojtenka, PL

dormant grass
dead matted leaves
browns of spring

# 20. Ignatius Fay, CA

off shore breezes
eucalyptus leaves pointing home
Labor Day weekend

# 21. Neal Whitman, US

still forest glade
the hush of leaves
whispering in green

# 22. Ignatius Fay, CA

early spring
one leaf dangles
from the tree

# 23. Bernard Gieske, US

green turns to yellow
a carpet of leaves
under ginko trees

# 24. Patricia Carragon, US

dead leaves in a pile
letter from a friend
his black mood in charge

# 25. Neal Whitman, US

roadbed of crushed slag
black ribbon weaves the forest
leaves starting to turn

# 26. Ignatius Fay, CA

dew drops on a leaf
pick a vein

# 27. Bernard Gieske, US

a carpet of leaves
tiny yellow fans
under ginko trees

# 28.Patricia Carragon, US

no one to see me go
tomorrow I report to duty
taking leave

# 29. Neal Whitman, US

crisp fall wind
naked maple waves goodbye
to her blood red leaves

# 30. Ignatius Fay, CA

widow's diary
pressed rose petal
the last leaf

# 31. Bernard Gieske, US

cold, damp and dreary
empathizing with fall leaves
everyone is down

# 32. Ignatius Fay, CA

colorful leaves
dappling glimpses of water
river walk

# 33. Neal Whitman, US

autumn drops its fans
golden leaves
under ginko trees

# 34. Patricia Carragon, US

with the rain drops
leaves flutter to the ground
fall showers

# 35. Bernard Gieske, US

rain ending—
in every fallen leaf
sky clears up

# 36. Jacek Margolak, PL

a crisp wind
blowing in the sunlight—
spiral of leaves

# 37. Keith A. Simmonds, TT

green leaves
splashed with color
shades of autumn

# 38. Patricia Carragon, US

fallen leaves
circusing in the grass

# 39. Bernard Gieske, US

October shower
leaves in the gutter

# 40. Bernard Gieske, US

autumn pond
the shadows of leaves
drift over the bottom

# 41. Jacek Margolak, PL

cadmium red
nature as artist
paints the leaves

# 42. Patricia Carragon, US

autumn fashion
trees wear colors
of the season

# 43. Patricia Carragon, US

across the landscape
leaves changing colors
season's chamelions

# 44. Bernard Gieske, US

icy water—
the full moon
among the fallen leaves

# 45. Jacek Margolak, PL

leaves falling
into the shadows...
the setting sun

# 46. Keith A. Simmonds, TT

children in anoraks
asking for
red leaves

# 47. Ralf Bröker, DE

morning rain
under maple leaves
tap my shoulder

# 48. Bernard Gieske, US

leaves ripple
with melodies
cicada song

# 49. Bernard Gieske, US

If raindrops were leaves
colors would scatter and fall
kaleidoscope dew

# 50. Karin Anderson, AU


golden leaves
touch the ground

autumn grace

# 51. Patricia Carragon, US

Autumn leaves—
on garden table
orange-yellow tablecloth

# 52. Monika Wojtenka, PL

first brown leaves
stumbling in the sunshine:
a farewell

# 53. Keith A. Simmonds, TT

four leaf clover hides
three leaf clover family guards
thistle's scissor snip

# 54. Karin Anderson, AU

these glasses
in these dewdrops
on these leaves

# 55. Ralf Bröker, DE

last leaf tippy top
chomped as after dinner mint
a giraffe's tall neck

# 56. Karin Anderson, AU

falling out of Niedecker's poem*
leaves on a bridge
with their stems sticking up

*Lorine Niedecker

# 57. Cindy Tebo, US

raking leaves
off the pond

# 58. André Surridge, NZ

Grandmother's attic—
between the book leafs
dry wrinkled leaves

# 59. Monika Wojtenka, PL

lemon tree leaf
sides with red rose
bittersweet beauty

# 60. Karin Anderson, AU

brisk autumn wind—
breath of life
for dying leaves

# 61. Monica E. Smith, US

leaves shake and wail rain
soon sprinkle, trickle, tinkle
wind chime of warm Spring

# 62. Karin Anderson, AU

leaves of this book
aleaf marks my place
all so fragile

# 63. Phyllis Jean Green, US

raked leaves
pile a simmering sunset
of Autumn

# 64. Karin Anderson, AU

leaves on the cherry tree...

# 65. André Surridge, NZ

autumn leaves—
my stored-up treasure
gone with the wind

# 66. Monica E. Smith, US

a touch of autumn—
the rustling of dry leaves
in a gust of wind

# 67. Keith A. Simmonds, TT

weeping willow leaves
trail morning glory tresses
on lake's mirrored sheen

# 68. Karin Anderson, AU

autumn leaves
floating faster and faster
through the narrows

# 69. André Surridge, NZ

taking a leaf from your book
saying good . . .
not so much if you're a tree

# 70. Phyllis Jean Green, US

cliff top
above the Dead Sea
ibex feeding
on acacia leaves

# 71. André Surridge, NZ

wattle trees green leaves
dizzy from fluff's golden puffs
float on winds hot breath

# 72. Karin Anderson, AU

illiterate fortune teller
the tea leaves

# 73. Terri French, US

snails silver thread
halts at cabbages lush leaves
purple haloes holes

# 74. Karin Anderson, AU

daylight saving ends
first leaves fall
from the golden robinia

# 75. André Surridge, NZ

a round leaf
twirls in the sky

# 76. Aju Mukhopadhyay, IN

endless eddy
of noisy brown leaves...
the mistral

# 77. Keith A. Simmonds


odd that leaves come back
all that falling and getting swept
. . .must know something

# 78. Phyllis Jean Green, US

more distant from myself
leaf by leaf

79. Sasa Vazic, SR

an oak leaf hammock
between bare branches
the wooly worm naps

# 80. Terri French, US

embers of sunlight stumbling
upon yellow leaves

# 81. Keith A. Simmonds

in the cul-de-sac
dead leaves
come to rest

# 82. Terri French, US

dry leaves
cut off from the source
amass in the ground

# 83. Aju Mukhopadhyay, IN

the leaves the grandkids

# 84. Terri French, US

dark road
long shadow of a dead leaf
hurries across

85. Sasa Vazic, SR

beneath brown leaves—
the last cucumber

# 86. Terri French, US

rain from trees—
tiny leaves

# 87. Aju Mukhopadhyay, IN

blowing into
my cupped hands
the last leaf falls

# 88. Terri French, US

dead it falls,
so long a part of the tree—
withered leaf

# 89. Aju Mukhopadhyay, IN

the sumac's leaves
at the hint of autumn

# 90. Terri French, US

the last
of its leaves—
pear tree

91. Alexander "Lex" Joy, US

back from the hospital
the door covered in
multicolored leaves

92. Sasa Vazic, SR

fiery night
dried leaves lay still
on the sullen earth

# 93. Willie Bongcaron, PH

at the threshold
of a birth house—left alone:
a dry leaf

94. Sasa Vazic, SR

after the storm
yellow and rotten leaves
on ramshackle roofs

# 95. Willie Bongcaron, PH

joy and sadness—
multicoloured leaves
in longlasting rain

# 96. Tomislav Maretic, Serbia

fallen leaves
a calculating glance
for a broomstick

# 97. Willie Bongcaron, PH

dust storm
fallen avocado leaves
turned red

# 98. Barbara A Taylor, AU

endless eddy
of lofty leaves...
a maze of colours

# 99. Keith A. Simmonds, TT

Leaves fall
one by one from the branch—
first snow

# 100. Maria Tirenescu, RO

Only a leaf
in the spider's web—
a rainy day

# 101. Maria Tirenescu, RO

autumn night
in the stillness the trees
hold their leaves

# 102. Elaine Riddell, NZ

leaves rolling
over the meadows green
cool south wind

# 103. Willie R. Bongcaron, PH

a week later
these much painted trees
are bare

# 104. Barbara A Taylor, AU

Under the full moon
only a chrysanthemum—
rustle of leaves

# 105. Maria Tirenescu, RO

forward planning
a squirrel forages
through acorns

# 106. Barbara A Taylor, AU

Leaves everywhere—
in the pitiless rain
the abandoned nest

# 107. Maria Tirenescu, RO

banana leaves spread
under a sumptuous feast
country scene

# 108. Willie R. Bongcaron, PH

Wild cherry-tree—
two copper colored leaves
fall together

# 109. Maria Tirenescu, RO

under palm leaves
autumn sun still warm—
high country snow

# 110. John Daleiden, US



Read the September / October 31, 2009 Editor's Choices:   Editor Karina Klesko, Editor John Daleiden




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