Back Roads Haiku

My back roads are unpaved, quiet, undeveloped, dusty in the summer and muddy in the spring. Walk along any of them and you are likely to see old family cemeteries, stone walls, streams, ponds, and a variety of flora and fauna. It's where I live, and the source of most of these haiku.

together again -

autumn leaves molded

to an old stone wall

a little tired -

a tangled kite and its string

in the autumn wind

    ____

acorns

the thin soles

of these summer shoes

     ____

not the autumn rain…

the sadness

of drooping sunflowers

sharp edge

of the moon

…a cold night !

    ____

crowding to get in

or away

 - leaves against the gate

    ____

and I the teacher… 

oak leaves hanging

with maples bare

passing… 

one drifting leaf

outside the hospice

    ____

autumn leaves

a white barn canvas

-  silent crows in flight

    ____

autumn stars -

a few aging faces

at the garden party

in a hardwood copse

a red, then yellow leaf drop

…then red again

    ____

his cows loose again… 

faded corn

against the dusk sky

    ____

a small stream

settled in

so deep into autumn

cloudless -

wet leaves

in a warming sun

____

morning dew

an abandoned web

so obvious

    ____

each apple that falls… 

counting the real friends

that I have

hallway window

on the way up

 - yellow moon

    ____

new open spaces

through a grand maple

a single birdsong

    _____

pumpkin vine

beyond the garden wall

 -  yellow moon

autumn moon

another leaf

from an old oak

    ____

a picture once

of geese in flight

through a moon like this

    ____

early…

but here to see the moon

balanced on a pine

the wind carries away

our goodbyes

 - withered garden

    ____

autumn winds

school children scatter

onto the playground

    ____

morning orchard -

antlers

above the fog

reading the masters

just one more page

  -  autumn dusk

    ____

falling leaves -

slowly

paying off my debt

    ____

a near full moon 

and friends just leaving

 -  the warmth of wine

waxing moon

a summer bucket

on its side

    ____

sailing sway

those river leaves

…these autumn stars

    ____

cut out moon -

rain soaked leaves

pasted to my mailbox

    ____

getting older… 

the moon disappearing

behind clouds

    ____

autumn coolness -

a few lights

from this small village

crescent moon -

the subtle clicks

of falling leaves

    ____

yellowed cornstalks -

a farmer’s hands

in origami

    ____

maples reds

a lone crow

in a fashion statement

cloud shadow

on the foothills

… slowly in autumn

    ____

again 

my childless home

 - distant falling leaves

    ____

early foliage -

her pose on a stone wall

against the maple

milkweed seeds -

drifting off

in a hammock

    ____

questions tonight

about faith

… new moon

    ____

autumn twilight

ink drawn crows

in silent flight