autumn visits spring


Photo: flicker

Photo: flicker

autumn visits spring

outside my window
mockingbird sings lauds,
dove mourns,
a single leaf falls.

Written and linked to dVerse MTB where we are pleased to have Gayle (Bodhirose) share the exquisite form of Jisei, Japanese Death Poetry. Please stop by and join in.

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24 thoughts on “autumn visits spring

  1. claudia says:

    the leaves have started falling here as well and like each year it makes me feel a bit melancholic.. the passing of time.. love how you captured the moment with such few words and i too love the calmness of it

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  2. X says:

    I really should not be reading death poems.
    I am already a mess today after learning about the death
    of a friend. But this is beautiful in its own way,
    and would honor any passing.

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  3. Bryan Ens says:

    absolutely gorgeous!! Your first line sets the stages, and then each of the following gives a different scene…and that single leaf caught my breath. Did I already say, “Absolutely gorgeous!!”?

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  4. Snakypoet (Rosemary Nissen-Wade) says:

    Very graphic!

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  5. lynn__ says:

    Beautiful images you paint here, Victoria…i imagine dying as a leaf letting go.

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  6. kanzensakura says:

    What a lovely serene thought. I know you have watched many leaves fall – in your work and in nature – they are all so unique and beautiful. this poem is perfection.

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  7. The autumn leaf falls with such finality and softness, very apt metaphor for death. Loved it.

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  8. Great metaphor, what a lovely poem.

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  9. MarinaSofia says:

    In practice I have seldom seen just one leaf fall, but of course it’s that first leaf you notice, announcing autumn or old age or the end of a life.

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  10. thotpurge says:

    Very nicely done.. the single leaf image is so atmospheric.

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  11. Mary says:

    A single leaf falls… A single person dies… each is important!

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  12. Bodhirose says:

    There is great calmness in this, Victoria. The single leaf letting go, oh so gently, makes for a meaningful jisei.

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  13. To die in autumn, I think I would like that, so that overall the summers of my life outnumbered the winters. Nice take on the prompt. Peace, Linda

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  14. Grace says:

    The grace of that single leaf falling…I would like that too ~

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  15. 5h2o says:

    Just lovely. A tiny moment that opens up so much.

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  16. Kathy Reed says:

    Love the mockingbird…birds somehow teach us how to live and die.

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  17. Ah.. the first
    Fall of Leave..
    the first sign
    of Spring..
    cycle
    of
    life dies
    on.. NOW…:)

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  18. What an exquisite calmness in this, that single leaf falling works so well here..

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