Sunday, September 30, 2012

"Free" (September Haiku, Day Thirty)

It’s summer still.  Fall
Will lower the bridge over
Her castle’s moat.  Wait.

Color in her cheeks,
She’ll let you in her temple,
When golden leaves fall.

When loneliness rings,
She’ll wrap you in reds and golds,
Hand you a scepter.

She’ll make you her king,
You’ll be her Sun and her Moon,
She will bow to you.

You’ll call her Autumn,
You will be kind and patient,
You won’t offend her.

You will rule the stars,
You will ride the Milky Way,
Curb a wild comet.

You will know your moves,
Your mind will be clear, agile,
You will shed your doubts.

The passage of clouds,
The low whisper of twilight
Will render your thoughts.

She’ll stay by your side,
Nature’s daughter, your true love,
No gloss on her lips.

She’ll call you her own,
Honey is too sweet for her,
A hint of pepper.

You’ll read her music,
Scriptures earthly and divine,
Complex and easy.

You will dance to it,
She will surrender to you,
Her hair – strands of rain.

You'll experience
A beautiful symphony,
Consonance of souls.

No revelation –  
Just the quiet acceptance
Of what always was.

Just the belonging
To all of the Creation,
Breathing to the beat.

Grass below your feet
Will still be luscious and soft,
There will be still time.

You will have your dance
Before the meadow turns white,
Before the heart cools.

Should you ever starve,
She’ll sustain you with wisdom,
Strengthen you with love.

She’ll open your eyes,
You will see your universe –  
A tiny island.

She won’t frighten you,
You will find that one candle
Lights up the dark night.

She will sing to you,
Her voice – many a timbre, 
Of the old glory.

She’ll sing of your birth,
The past, what will come to pass,
Her words will lull you.

She’ll sing, and she’ll sway,
Her eyelashes will flutter
Like hummingbird wings.

She’ll ask you for it,
And you will hand it to her –  
Your paradox life.

She will help you sleep,
And while you do, she will burn
All paradoxes.

You’ll wake up refreshed,
And she will have built for you
A crisp paper-boat.

You'll want to remain,
Leave footprints on the shore sand.
“The tide’s high,” she’ll say,

“Sail on, my true king.
Fear nothing, waltz with the waves,
Your boat’s built to last.

Your worry’s lifted,
The soil of the battlefield
Is rested and rich.

Sail into winter,
Sail beyond the horizon.”
And so you will.  Free.

Live for the Love of it,
The Happy Amateur


  1. I have to admit, I was not reading your haiku on a daily basis through September Heights, because after the first few days I knew you were linking them all together. I am glad I waited and got to read the entire series fresh. Lovely story and use of the prompts--I felt like I was floating along with it and had that ahhhh feeling at the end. Well done, and thanks for sharing! It has been a good month!

    1. Thank you very much.
      I was thinking of posting separate haiku each day, and then linking them all together at the end of the month; but some of the haiku would have been ambiguous taken out of the context.. I'm grateful you came back to read the entire story :-)

  2. This is really a great short story in haiku ... very well done.

    1. Thank you for being such a loyal and supportive reader of my haiku story, Kristjaan.

  3. Amazing ending to an amazing series, Sasha!
    It's been a great pleasure to follow your September heights.

    1. Thank you very much, Mariya, it's been a fun month :-) "was" a fun month, actually - cannot believe it's already October..

  4. nice beautiful story ... :)

    Was under the clutches of Viral fever and I scribbled the last haiku within minutes ( I know its very very bad)I just wanted to complete this challenge ...
    Many thanks for being a part of this amazing journey of HAIKU SEPTEMBER HEIGHTS...being a novice I tried to put in my best but I know at some or the other point I missed to hit the bull's eye and still all of you all inspired me a lot either by peeping into my space or liking my posts and of course your ever encouraging comments made me feel on the top of the world...Loads of special thanks to each one of you...September had been very exciting and a learning month for me...I know I need to improvise a lot and I shall try to do that for sure ...Thanks a lot once again...keep visiting and keep spilling your beans ..bouquets or brickbats all of them are accepted whole heartedly...

  5. This has been beautiful all the way through. Thank you!

  6. You have told a wonder-filled story from beginning to end. I am honored to have been part of the journey. Thank you.

    Seed-Free Pod

    1. I feel humbled..thank you for your comment, and I'm really glad you enjoyed the story.

  7. This has been such a lovely story, all in haiku. And so we will "sail beyond the horizon" Well done and hope to see you next time :-) I've enjoyed it so much.

    1. Thank you so much for reading and supporting my haiku story :-)

  8. an epic!
    congratulations on your accomplishment - a beautiful poem