Poem A Day

Contents

The Autumn Country September 2022

Gothic October October 2022

Phantom Season December 2022

The Autumn Country

One haiku or short poem a day (or more) every day in September 2022 ~ to honor Autumn in her peace & beauty.

30

after autumn

remember I loved

the scarlet leaves

après-midi d’automne

je rêve de bisous

sous la pluie



29

autumn ends

it grows darker

inside and out



28

leaves tumbling away

the gusts

already winter cold

the wasp nest

is hollow now

like my autumn days



27

end of autumn

slate grey heavens

threaten rain



26

frost

black elm

red wet autumn



25

old woman

prays to autumn sky

tears of loneliness or rain



24

falcon

on the haystack

bittersweet autumn



23

observing

my nighttime wanderings

the owl and the moon



22

leaves born by wind

race the clouds

across barren fields



21

red leaves and friends

chatter

across the stone street



20

white owl bursts

into the autumn sky

which silver is the moon



19

early autumn thunder

rolls

over red hills



18

the moon

pierces autumn fog

with moonbeams of dreams



17

silent confidant

what companion more true

my silver autumn moon



j’aimerais vivre

où la lune est toujours blonde

est tu es loin de moi



16

my orange harvest moon

shares the night sky

with my dreams



15

autumn afternoons

daydreaming of kisses

under golden sun




14

behind the mountain

of scarlet trees

my orange harvest moon



13

gingko trees

harvest moon

golden autumn symphony



12

yellow butterfly

admires my autumn mums

of a lesser yellow



11

memories fall

in silent rain

tears of autumn



10

familiar comforts of autumn

a map of heaven

my heart memorized



9

waving in the wind

sunshine yellow mums

welcome autumn



8

at the forest’s edge

deer friend

enjoys autumn berries


remembering

how my black dog loved

jumping in autumn leaves



7

September sun

I bathe in warmth

to carry through winter



6

autumn morning awakening

sunbeams, the smell of maple

and pumpkin spice



ruby, garnet, gold

amber, citrine, sapphire

the bright riches of autumn



5

warm light

brisk wind

September sings again



4

haunting melody floating

in fall night air

unseen coyotes following me



mes rêves rayonnants

n’étaient jamais aussi muet que

mon automne mourant



3

sunlit memories

of long ago autumns

my only treasures



2

yellow leaves tumble

through golden sunbeams

September smiles



Chanceuse


le hululement du hibou

le vol des chauve-souris

la lueur des étoiles filantes

mille bénédictions de ce monde

que je comprends à peine

ou pas du tout



1

bright yellow leaves wave

at clear blue skies

beloved September mornings






©Susan Zegarsky


Gothic October

One haiku or short poem a day (or more) in October 2022 ~ to honor Halloween, Samhain, & the gothic as the veils between worlds grow thin.

31

last night

of a dark October

black magic in the air



30

this year we grieve

so many of us dead

autumn of phantoms


the ancient language slides

off forked tongues

night of the jinn



29

the dead whisper to me

cruel secrets

of the still living



28

one’s skin

can often be

ill fitting


swirl of falling leaves

don’t we

have it all



27

the palm reader

winces

at my life line



26

forest mists

haunting memories

so many specters of autumn



25

an evil unseen

lurks in October darkness

thieving souls



chips of bones

and broken headstones

grave robbing ghouls



24

there were no bodies

left whole enough

to bury



October night sky

all the light I see

is already dead



fast footsteps near

the scarecrow

runs



23

shadows prowl

the cool October night

ghosts of witch cats



22

shadows

of windblown leaves

all the Halloweens past


at the devil’s crossroads

I wait for him

under the wolf moon



21

alone in the woods

fast footsteps

across the cabin roof



all my bones

have turned

into screams












20

wind through the tombs

the quick approach

of ghouls



19

ecstatic bats

ride moonbeams

this magic October sky



18

sunny days long gone

it’s my autumn now

I am the crone



17

a chill in wind

the presence

of phantoms unseen



16

pouring a salt circle

to keep out

the unseen



15

the trickster smiles

oops, you’ve sold

your soul



14

the mirror

smiles back

what have I summoned?



13

mists cross the moor

rolling waves

of ghost sea



12

storm clouds, no moon

deep October dark

a devil is afoot



11

black clouds hide

October’s full moon

sinister omen



10

midnight wind whispers

a half-remembered

ghost story



9

something sinister

in autumn fog

the veil thins



8

rain on dead fields

tears for

the dying earth



7

my ghost awaits

in the dark folds

of velvet night



6

skeletons clapping

stark bare branches

clack in the autumn wind



5

scarlet leaves fall

drops of blood bright

on dark earth



4

crows, indigo waves

swell in shadows

of October forest



3

skeleton chuckles

the light chatter

of windblown leaves



2

darkness

black as ink, pierced

by eyes of stars



1

old ouija board

spelling the shadows

into life




©Susan Zegarsky


Phantom Season

One haiku or short poem a day (or more) in December 2022 ~ for the cold, white season of ghosts and memories.

Coming soon




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