38 thoughts on “autumn in Ireland

  1. They feel the calling of Afrika…away from raining and wetness. Very nice, few words but almost a part of life.

  2. Lovely haiku John! Not to intentionally nod to Julie Andrews’ “The Sound of Music”, but… Autumn, Ireland, birds and haiku are a few of my favorite things!

    “Into the faded air, the torpid
    Driven on the wind that sweeps the gloomy hills of London,
    Hampstead and Clerkenwell, Campden and Putney,
    Highgate, Primrose and Ludgate. Not here
    Not here the darkness, in this twittering world.”
    — T. S. Eliot, excerpt of “Burnt Norton” (1936)

    • Ah yes, Cyan, the good ole Four Quartets, brings back many memories, haven’ t read Eliot in a while but do remember.
      Happy you enjoy haiku..not too fond of ‘The Sound of Music’ myself but never condemn because it promotes joy and joy is in short supply nowadays.
      Thank You for reading and responding.
      My best to You
      John

  3. An absolutely fabulous haiku. I have many friends in Ireland, my father is from Wales, yet I have not been there. We are besieged with birds here in south Florida fleeing the cold of the North. Your exotic poetry leaves me with a wistfulness, melancholy for that far off land from which modern man originated. Such a beautiful reflection.

    • Glad to hear, Dear Holly, you have friends in ‘the oul sod’ a good country and good people and I’m glad I grew up among them. Do visit some time if you get the chance and of course go to Wales, more beauty and more very good people, you have their blood.
      Thank You, you’re special to me.
      Big hugs
      John

  4. John, lovely words. As a child we would wait and watch for the swallows to return every year. I was so small, but remember being so very excited, ah but that was forever ago, yet it still makes me smile. Thank you for triggering that memory! Have a wonderful Sunday.

    Warm wishes always,
    Pepperanne

    • Pepperanne,
      There was something magical and there still is for those who watch the gathering of the birds before departure in autumn and their return in the spring, I was jealous of them in a way, how easily they came and went with seemingly not a bother on them.
      You have a wonderful weekend, too.
      Best always
      John

  5. Oh, yes, I like this! ‘Africa calling’ – loved the last line.

    I’ve never been to Africa, but what an extraordinary place it must be! Even the word is beautiful, melodious.

    • The word is beautiful, Kate, and the scenery and the wild wonderful
      and some of the loveliest, friendliest people I’ve ever had the privilege of being among.
      Happy you liked the haiku.
      Best Always
      John

  6. Oh man am I slow. Good thing I read the comments because I thought Africa was calling you. Because it’s warm and fall is coming in Ireland, and — never mind. Lovely image.

  7. John, Would you be interested in participating in a collaborative poem? Read below:

    Collaborative Poem

    As the weather turns colder and the days grow shorter, it may be a nice time to gather some friends and write together. This week, try writing a renga, or “linked poem.” The first poet begins by writing a stanza that is three lines long and contains seventeen syllables. The next poet adds the second stanza, a couplet with seven syllables per line. The third stanza repeats the structure of the first, and the fourth mimics the second, and so on, until the poem comes to an end. To make sure the poem has a narrative arc, each poet writes his or her new stanza by referring to the stanza immediately preceding it.

    I would really like to have both you and Purpletoothedgrin participate, but if you want to participate and have someone else you’d like to send it on to, I could even start two poems. Let me know. You seem a natural for this! Judy

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