Ashes in the Air ~ haibun

Ashes in the Air

Our county has an open burn season for brush, etc., that runs from the first of November through the first of March, provided high winds are not a factor. Our city does, as well, and resident are encouraged to be considerate of neighbors. In fact, they are encouraged to take broken tree limbs, leaves and brush to the city’s yard waste site where mulch is made available to residents. Why burning is allowed in the city, where up to five houses may be within an acre of land, is beyond me. Even the slightest breeze will carry smoke hundreds of feet. With the mild winters and temperature fluctuations that we have, it’s not unusual to have an occasional fifty to seventy degree day with open windows as an open invitation for that smoke.

smoke slowly rises
as dry leaves and branches burn
ashes in the air

This haibun is my response to Ronovan Writes #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt
#Challenge 391 BURN(ed/ing/s) and Old.

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Welcome Transition ~ haibun

Welcome Transition

Welcome Transition

Maple, so distinctive in this land of oak, hickory and cedar, calls to me, reminds me of the forests I knew, with their vivid colors in the cool days of autumn. The muted red, yellow and brown of Missouri cannot compare to the brilliant orange and red of Western New York.

cycle continues
with transformation of leaves
welcome transition

Carpe Diem #1527 Rustling Leaves (extreme haibun) asks for a haibun
of 60 words or less on the theme of “leaves.”