Poetry Friday – Autumn’s Parting Gift

Japan is famous for its springtime displays, and rightly so – the cherry and peach and plum trees errupt into a glorious riot of fluffy pink and white blossoms that rain down like heavenly snow.

But the Japanese autumn is not without its own charms. The ginko trees are my particular favourite, filling the landscape with a blaze of gold leaves. In fact, I love them so much that I penned the haiku that I’m sharing for this week’s Poetry Friday celebration.


And by the way, thank you all so much for helping me host last week’s roundup, it was lovely to “meet” everyone!


A ginko leaf cloak

Covers all the land in gold

Autumn’s parting gift


Have a golden weekend, friends, wherever in the world you are!

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  • Reply Anonymous

    Thank you for introducing me to the ginkgo. Lovely image!

    November 24, 2017 at 8:36 pm
  • Reply maryleehahn

    Ginkgos are my favorite tree!

    November 24, 2017 at 10:01 pm
  • Reply Tara Smith

    Oh, what a gift!

    November 24, 2017 at 11:06 pm
  • Reply Buffy Silverman

    Oh I love me a ginko tree–and your haiku is a delight. Isn’t it interesting how they drop all their leaves at once, carpeting the ground in gold?

    November 24, 2017 at 11:13 pm
  • Reply Keri Collins Lewis

    I love this haiku & the photo matches perfectly! Buddha made me smile!

    November 24, 2017 at 11:39 pm
  • Reply Sally Murphy (@sallymurphy)

    Oh! What a delightful little post. Your haiku is wondrous, and that joyful Buddah in his cloak of leaves is divine!

    November 25, 2017 at 3:35 am
  • Reply Michelle Kogan

    Lovely haiku Jane, I like the idea of a “leaf cloak!” And the character is perfect with the poem too, thanks. We have a beautiful ginkgo tree in my neighbors adjacent yard and have a lovely leafed carpet after the leaves all fall.

    November 25, 2017 at 5:12 am
    • Reply Jane the Raincity Librarian

      Japan is a photographer’s dream, there are always wonderful little scenes to capture around every corner!

      November 28, 2017 at 6:04 pm
  • Reply Kay McGriff (@kaymcgriff)

    Oh lovely haiku. And it brings back memories: there were a pair of gingko trees growing just outside the cafeteria in the courtyard of my college. Those leaves are glorious!

    November 25, 2017 at 11:48 pm
  • Reply Linda Mitchell

    How lovely! Your last photo is my favorite. What good fortune you have to be able to visit Japan at this time of year. I imagine you wrapped in a golden cloak.

    November 26, 2017 at 12:55 pm
    • Reply Jane the Raincity Librarian

      It’s truly one of the best times of the year – much of the same beauty as the spring, without all the crowds, and costs of traveling in tourist season! 🙂

      November 28, 2017 at 6:03 pm
  • Reply Violet Nesdoly

    That’s a lovely thought–autumn’s cloak of gold as a last gift! Now the challenge is poemifying the rain!

    November 27, 2017 at 3:55 am
    • Reply Jane the Raincity Librarian

      Sigh….isn’t that the truth!!

      November 28, 2017 at 6:02 pm

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