Kumarendra Mallick (India)

brick red sky
every falling leaf
leaves behind a story

Comment: a haiku with ‘crepuscular’ tones set in autumn (aki 秋). The warm and surreal colors of the sky harmonize with those of the leaves that fall from the trees, creating both a physical and imaginative path for the reader (almost a momijigari-like experience). The poet can therefore contemplate the fragile and ephemeral beauty of nature (shiori しをり), recalling at the same time cherished and precious memories from the past. Every leaf seems to tell its own story just like a human being who, close to death, looked back to see the sum of his/her life. The rustling and cracking in the boughs is perfectly reproduced and emphasized by the sounds ‘s’ and ‘f’ in the last ku.

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