Writers Group Celebrates Autumn With Haiku

The Studios630 Writers Group took a leaf-raking break to capture the beauty of the natural world in fall haiku. Each month, in addition to reading and critiquing each others’ work, our writers have an optional “homework” assignment. In October/November, the homework was a haiku challenge. Writing haiku gave us an opportunity to focus on the present moment, play with words, and unleash our creativity within a set structure. (Traditional Japanese haiku is a three-line poem with 5 syllables in the first line, 7 syllables in the second line, and 5 in the third line. Contemporary haiku does not necessarily adhere to these guidelines.) Here are a few sample haiku from our session. Our next meeting will be January 10; we are focusing on personal essay. If you’re a wordsmith, please join us. Stay abreast of our events on the Studios630 Facebook page. Thanks to ArtLife Gallery and Studio for hosting us!


Late fall zinnias

Colorfully riotous

In dark morning gloom

-Dawn Bertuca

Photo by Dawn Bertuca www.instagram.com/dawnann12

Bright red Maple leaf

Caught dancing on the breezes

Pirouette landing

-Deb Dynako

Photo by Dawn Bertuca www.instagram.com/dawnann12

Fall color stains me

The hue of God’s living room

The place he abides

-Bruce Schuurmann

Photo by Dawn Bertuca www.instagram.com/dawnann12

Leaves that linger low

Soon to fall below, and next

Fertile ground, awash

-Kristin Aasmundstad Walsh

We would love to hear from you. Add your own haiku in the comments!

Photos by Dawn Bertuca


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