Chesapeake AUTUMN


.. .. .. .. The Chesapeake Saijiki - AUTUMN

The Chesapeake Bay is on the East Coast of North America.

Please read the general introduction here.

Please add your kigo and information.

M. Kei, April 2006
Editor of the Chesapeake Bay Saijiki


The Collection of Seasonal Words

.. .. .. AUTUMN

.. .. Season

autumn night --
See also ‘crabs’ in the Summer section.

crabs moving slowly
through the cattails...
autumn night

~ Carol Raisfeld, US
Previously published in World Haiku Review, Vol. 2, Issue 3, Nov. 2002.

chilly morning --

chilly morning--
the stones of the fire ring
still warm

~Jim Kacian, US
Previously published in Chincotegue, Red Moon Press, Westminster, VA, 1996.

.. .. Heaven

autumn moon --
The harvest moon of the Chesapeake Bay is particularly spectacular, being larger and brighter than in other places.

World Kigo Database : MOON and its kigo

fog --
The water stays warm longer than does the air, and so fog is a common happening in the autumn.

World Kigo Database : Fog, Mist and Haze

we wake to new world,
marsh grasses gone...
water, fog surround us

~Gail Greene, US

the slow rat tat
of fogdrops
in the magnolia

~ Susan Delphine Delaney, US

.. .. Earth and Sea

September tide --
See also ‘shellsand’ in the Summer section.

september tide
broken shells return
to the sea

~Carol Raisfeld, US

salt weather --
When the wind blows in from the sea, carrying with it the sting of salt. Especially unpleasant in autumn.

salt weather--
from the boardwalk, cries
of gulls

~Jim Kacian, US
Previously published in Chincotegue, Red Moon Press, Westminster, VA, 1996.

.. .. Humanity

quilts placed on beds --

I turn restlessly
and draw the bed quilts up close;
but the crane cries out.

~M. Kei

.. .. Observances

Halloween --
While they may be visited at any time of year, Halloween is an especially popular time to visit the home and grave of Edgar Allen Poe. The Poe House offers various Halloween events. For more info, Edgar Allen Poe Society of Baltimore:

World Kigo Database : Halloween, Hallowe’en

.. .. Animals

birds fly south --
(Late fall)

black flocks of grackles
flow into white southern sky . . .
here comes the north wind

~ Dennis Garrison, US. Previously published in Eight Shades of Blue. (Lulu Press. 2005).

Barn Swallows --
World Kigo Database : Swallows (tsubame)

before heading south,
barn swallows...
on telephone wires

~Gail Green, US

Canada geese arrive (Branta Canadensis) --
Migratory Canada geese and many other birds from ‘up north’ arrive to spend the winter on the Chesapeake Bay, then return in the spring, the reverse of the migratory schedule in other parts of North America. Canada geese are large brown geese with brownish white bellies, dark heads, and black tails. Their wingspan is 50 - 68 inches. These are the same wild geese known to Asia, and their haunting cry has been part of poetry as long as poetry has been written.


World Kigo Database: Migrating Birds (wataridori)

a tramp in my field
gazes at migrating geese -
so homeless and free

~ Denis Garrison, US
Previously published in Haiku Harvest and Eight Shades of Blue, Lulu Press, 2005.

dusk down here
but the transient geese
still lit up

~Jim Kacian, US
Previously published in Chincotegue, Red Moon Press, Westminster, VA, 1996.

at lovely Cove
honking Canada Geese
rise above the trees

~Gail Greene, US
Previously appeared in Writing Haiku: Selected Poems by Members of the Class, Academy of Lifelong Learning, 2005.

crickets --
The singing of crickets is particularly noticeable in the fall. Their song slows as the temperature drops until eventually their are no more crickets and winter is upon us. Crickets take refuge indoors as the weather chills, and finding crickets in our shoes in the closet (how do they get there?) is one of the first signs of autumn arriving.

World Kigo Database : Insects (mushi)

wild turkeys (Meleagris gallopavo) --
A dark belly and back, small head, large body, large tailed game bird indigenous to the eastern United States. The tail is a dark fan shape with subtle iridescent markings of bronze and black and sometimes buff. Wild turkeys nest on the ground and eat a variety of insects, slugs, berries, salamanders, grasses, nuts, etc.

Most of the year they move in single sex flocks with young males following their mothers. During the mating season in March and April a single male attempts to acquire a female flock as his harem. Turkey hens sit on the eggs for a month or more, making them very vulnerable to predators. They do not migrate, but remain in their range and change their diet to winter foods. Wild turkeys are associated with fall because they were traditionally hunted at this time to provide Thanksgiving dinner.

Traffic radio,
"Wild turkeys in the road."
Rush hour, country style.

~ M. Kei, US
Previously published in ‘Wandering the County,’ Runner-Up, Lighthouse Poetry Contest 2006.>

.. .. Plants

last strawberries --Thanks to the mild climate, strawberries can be picked in home gardens into the fall.
World Kigo Database: Strawberries

peach trees bear fruit --
(Early fall)

rhododendron leaves close (Rhododendron spp.) --
A widespread plant, species are native to Asia, Europe, North America, and Australia. Of the more than 900 species, 26 are native to North America. Species indigenous to the Chesapeake region include R. arborescens, R. catawbiense, R. maximum.

rose hips --
Roses, including wild roses, produce small red fruits in the fall. High in vitamin C, they are eaten by birds and have medicinal use for humans. Rose hip jam is occassionally made.



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Chesapeake Bay Saijiki: Spring

Chesapeake Bay Saijiki: Summer

Chesapeake Bay Saijiki: Autumn

Chesapeake Bay Saijiki: Winter

Chesapeake Bay Saijiki: Non-seasonal topics, miscellaneous

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