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Autumn Haiku

by Neal Whitman

I lay awake cold.
My left thumb rests on my chin
below chestnut moon.

Neal Whitman is a member of the Yuki Teikei Haiku Society of San Jose and the Haiku Poets of Northern California. Though contemporaries vary the syllable count, he likes to stick to the traditional Japanese 5-7-5 structure.

Kingyo are Japanese words associated with each of the five seasons (New Years is considered its own season). In English, we call these words “kigo.” One autumn kigo is “chestnut moon.” The moon, not quite full, holds particular beauty.

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One Response to “Autumn Haiku”

  1. Paul Gross says:

    A gusty day in New York, with leaves swirling about. Across the continent from Neal, I feel the autumn chill as well. Tonight I’ll look above for your chestnut moon.

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