Autumn Leaves: Haiku for Autumn

Fall is my favorite season and inspires me to create more haiku.  Autumn brings its magnificent colors and a welcome respite from the summer heat, but more than that, the beauty of a new season, the promise of continued cycles that diminish and replenish, each with their own special purpose.  There’s a lovely old standard tune, “Autumn Leaves”, that captures the bittersweet nature of fall and starts like this:

The falling leaves
Drift by my window
The falling leaves
Of red and gold

The rest of the lyrics to this beautiful old tune are included at the end of this post along with a recording by Frank Sinatra, after my three haiku for autumn.

Haiku #1 for Autumn

IMG_0441My favorite aspen
Dons red and gold finery
For nature’s party

Haiku #2 for Autumn

IMG_0354Fall colors call me 
Siren song of falling leaves
Magnificent trees

Haiku #3 for Autumn

IMG_0371Autumn, she beckons
With gorgeous affirmation
Of life’s full cycles

Lyrics to “Autumn Leaves” (by Johnny Mercer)

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Aspens on Indian Mountain in Jefferson, Colorado. Photo credit to Frank Harvell.

Click here to hear a Frank Sinatra recording

The falling leaves
Drift by my window
The falling leaves
Of red and gold

I see your lips
The summer kisses
The sunburned hands
I used to hold

Since you went away
The days grow long
And soon I’ll hear
Old winter’s song

But I miss you most of all
My darling
When autumn leaves
Start to fall

Since you went away
The days grow long
And soon I’ll hear
Old winter’s song

But I miss you most of all
My darling
When autumn leaves
Start to fall

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