Drifting Contemplations: Maple Leaves (senryu/haiku)

I have mentioned in my previous post that I will be posting some writings on Autumn one after the another,I feel bad that I couldn’t do this while the season lasted but I guess there is no point in regretting either,at least I’ll have a nice time reminiscing about the beauty of the season…
Momiji(maple leaf) is breathtaking in Japan,in my humble opinion it is the delicate crown that adorns Autumn’s beautiful head,to me autumn is synonymous with maple leaves and I consider myself very fortunate to have seen them in all their glory in the picturesque country of Japan,it’s been stamped on my heart and mind forever and will always take me to a beautiful place whenever I think of it,in this post I wrote a couple of haiku(s) I hope you like…

I’m still learning this form of Japanese poetry,so if you find there’s need for improvement please don’t hesitate to let me know,constructive criticism is always welcome,thank you very much.I do love composing these and reading others.

with each passing day
dreams of you get more vibrant–

autumn’s maple leaves

©Seema Tabassum 2016
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autumn winds dried love
withered broken hearts wept grand–

crimson maple leaves

©Seema Tabassum 2016
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Haiku is a form of Japanese poetry, consisting of 17 morae (or on), in three metrical phrases of 5, 7 and 5 morae respectively,these typically contain a kigo, or seasonal reference, and a kireji, or verbal caesura(cutting word).English-language haiku poets think of this as a Japanese form of poetry generally (but not always) consisting of 17 syllables, usually within three lines, with 5, 7 and 5 syllables.In Japanese, haiku are traditionally printed in a single vertical line, while in English these usually appear in three lines, to parallel the three metrical phrases of the Japanese form. The essential element of form in English-language is that each haiku is a short one-breath poem that usually contains a juxtaposition of images.Most writers prefer poems that refer to nature and social events, but some of them don’t always place an exacting seasonal word in the poem. Furthermore, a few of them compose on one or two lines in less than 17 syllables. Currently the majority of poems in this form are written in 11 short syllables in a 3-5-3 format.
Senryu is a Japanese form of short poetry similar to haiku in construction: three lines with 17 or fewer morae (or on) in total. However, senryu tend to be about human foibles while haiku tend to be about nature, and senryu are often cynical or darkly humorous while the other is more serious. Unlike haiku, senryu do not include a kireji or verbalcaesura (cutting word), and do not generally include a kigo, or seasonal word.It is often said that both forms can be funny, but that if it’s funny, it’s probably senryu. Both can be about nature, but if it’s about nature, it’s probably a haiku. In addition, both can be about nature or human nature. Both can be serious or humorous/satirical. A serious poem about nature is certainly a haiku. And a funny/satirical poem about human nature is certainly a senryu.
information courtesy : akitahaiku.com

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  1. Thank you. It’s a lovely Spring, see it? I’ve been thinking about Autumn and your poems, it’s winter now. Pretty soon though we shall see these same trees with their new budding leaves and it’s nearly that time. Maybe I will remember Autumn in a new light, better, as I read your posts. The intended cycles, each are a turmoil if where they will property lie , the seasons they are an uproar as they set forth. Even though it’s winter I can see the advances towards a new season just around the corner.

  2. Really beautiful Seema. The maple leaf is a symbol of the country I was born in, So I don’t need any convincing ? lovely haiku.

    • Oh yes,you should know better 🙂 aren’t those leaves something Sum,sometimes I wish I was one of them 🙂 thank you for reading,glad that you like 🙂 love and hugs always 🙂

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