Carpe Diem’s “Distillation” #4 Robert Frost’s “October”.

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Good day dear friends and followers,

As you maybe know I have a haiku weblog at blogspot (Google) titled “Carpe Diem Haiku Kai” on that weblog I challenge haijin (haiku-poets) to write an every day haiku on a given prompt, but I also ask them to distil haiku from another (mostly longer) poem. The classical haiku-poets (e.g Basho and Buson) used in their haiku several other poems and literature. So in this Carpe Diem’s “Distillation” that’s the task to write a haiku distilled from the long poem. In this episode of “Distillation” that long poem is by Robert Frost and it’s titled “October”:

O hushed October morning mild,
Thy leaves have ripened to the fall;
To-morrow’s wind, if it be wild,
Should waste them all.
The crows above the forest call.
To-morrow they may form and go.
O hushed October morning mild,
Begin the hours of this day slow,
Make the day seem to us less brief.
Hearts not averse to being beguiled,
Beguile us in the way you know;
Release one leaf at break of day;
At noon release another leaf;
One from our trees, one far away;
Retard the sun with gentle mist;

Enchant the land with amethyst.
Slow, slow!
For the grapes’ sake, if they were all,
Whose leaves already are burnt with frost,
Whose clustered fruit must else be lost—
For the grapes’ sake along the wall.

A wonderful poem, but for a haijin to long … so I have tried to distil a haiku from this poem in which I catch the essence of the poem by Robert Frost.

at daybreak
one leaf falls and another –
bare branches

bare branches
clothed with crystal drops of dew
at daybreak


I hope you did like this distillation. Let me know. And … if you like to write haiku and share them with the world … come on visit my weblog and participate in it. You’re welcome … so welcome.


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