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Autumn and a Cat with Gamboge Eyes

If you’re lucky you get to witness Autumn capturing the last heat of the summer’s sun in its deep yellow leaves.
Gamboge canopy.
Powdery like saffron, spicy like mustard.

Autumn. A gamboge canopy. @PatFurstenberg
Gamboge canopy

Dressed-up in her best sepia, with eyes of mustard gamboge, the cat thought of herself as one of Autumn’s leaves as she purred among amber and crimson.
Now… the bird will come.

Cat with gamboge eyes between autumn leaves. @PatFurstenberg
Cat with gamboge eyes between autumn leaves

Gamboge fills up my mouth when I say it. So fitting to describe autumn’s vivid yellows!

Gamboge arrived to us from Latin gambogium. It most probably has ties with the gum resin extracted from trees and used as a yellow pigment in art, trees of southeast Asia. Initially, the resin is orange-brown, but it becomes bright yellow when turned to powder.

Yes, gamboge, also spelled camboge, is family with the noun cambugium, most probably deriving from Camboja, the word Portuguese seafarers used for Cambodia in 1600. Cambodia is one of the countries where the trees producing gamboge are indigenous.

Masterful use of gamboge in art: Rembrandt’s portrait of his beloved wife Saskia van Uylenburgh as Goddess Flora, 1634.

Masterful use of gamboge in art: Rembrandt's portrait of his beloved wife Saskia van Uylenburgh as Goddess Flora, 1634
Masterful use of gamboge in art: Rembrandt’s portrait of his beloved wife Saskia van Uylenburgh as Goddess Flora, 1634
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Autumnal Sepia and a Letter from a Squid

When I think of sepia, first to spring to mind are treasure family mementos on small squares of paper, with laced edges or the 1930’s “pearl” colored MGM movies.
Yet sepia is also one of Autumn’s first gifts.

A sepia painting in Autumn

Fall paints the world with the melancholy of old photos.
Mulching leaves underfoot, rimming my shoes with a layer of tears.
Smells of earth filled with secrets and the promise of snow to come.
A necessity step.
I take it and bring thanks.

Sepia - Fall paints the world with the melancholy of old photos.
Sepia – Fall paints the world with the melancholy of old photos.

A Letter from a Squid

I imagine the 19th century seafarers falling overboard, suddenly forced to wrestle a giant squid to save their own life. Having already reached the end of a bitter yarn spun out of mutiny, little pay and, perhaps, lack of shore privileges, the sailor punches and wrestles the best and eventually, defeats it in its own habitat.

Seafarers fighting the giant squid
Seafarers fighting the giant squid

I can see the exhausted mariner at the end of the fight, every neuron in his brain demanding oxygen, his own fervor for life pulling him to the surface. Braking the waves, a helpless human again, addicted to oxygen.
And perhaps with blue skin.
An angry cuttlefish always releases an inky secretion.
It was the 19th century painters who realized its chromatic use first. But surely after the seamen.

Ever received a letter from a squid?
Ever received a letter from a squid?

More autumn colors coming soon… Until then…

As Good as Gold

“I have a confession to make. I’m not much of a dog lover. I’m more a cat person so I wasn’t sure if I would enjoy As Good As Gold, celebrating dogs. I needn’t have worried. I thoroughly enjoyed this charming collection of verse and as a result of reading it I think I understand dogs so much better.”

@Lindahill50Hill
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Feuille-Morte and A Nightingale in Autumn

Autumn is splashing out its colors, giving away her best dead leaves, feuilles mortes. If I would describe Fall to you as the season with brownish-orange dry leaves, would I get your attention?

Feuille-morte

Dead leaves, dry leaves, faded, brownish-yellow.
Boring.

Feuille morte, sun’s promise captured in amber.
The spicy scent of cinnamon steaming from childhood’s pumpkin pies. Crunching in my mouth to the cadence of feuille mortes underneath my feet.
Autumn.

Feuilles-mortes, dead leaves, autumn colors
Feuilles-mortes, dead leaves, autumn colors

Nightingale in Autumn

Masked by a philamot leaf,
Its faded hue a match for the grey plumage
Of the Philomela perched behind, on a twig –
Or was she hiding, aware of her tune, a heavenly image?

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Philamot color, Philomela - Nightingale, in Autumn
Philamot color, Philomela – Nightingale, in Autumn

Philamot, sometimes spelled philomot, is another word describing autumn’s yellow-brown foliage (feuille).

I hope you will return to my blog for more autumn colors and words.

Speaking of words and seasons, you might like to sneak a peek inside my Christmas Haiku book:

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Haiku-San, Chrysanthemum , #Haiku #Sunday #HaikuSan via @PatFurstenberg

Chrysanthemum , a Sunday Haiku: Haiku-San

Tiny diamonds,

Bright seeds sprout new life for you.

Hear their happy laugh.

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You can read more haiku on my blog here or in my new book of poetry, As Good AS Gold.

“Endearing and lovely, a joy in a book that you get much more out of it than you ever thought you would.” (Mrs Average Evaluates, Vlog book review).

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I chose the name Haiku-San as it derives from Haiku, meaning unusual verse in Japanese (hai=unusual, ku=verse, strophe) and San, the honorific Japanese title when speaking about people. San is also the phonetic transcription of the first syllable of the English word Sunday, Sun-day hence Haiku-San, a Sunday feature on Alluring Creations involving Haiku I write.

Text and Haiku-San © Patricia Furstenberg.

I hope you enjoyed my haiku. Let me know your thoughts in comment below.

 

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Turkey, a Thanksgiving Haiku, #thanksgiving #celebration via @PatFurstenberg

Turkey, a Thanksgiving Haiku

The King’s jewels thrown

On the farmstead’s butchers block.

Thanksgiving Rising.

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Did you know that the very first Thanksgiving to be recorded was held back in 1621 by a group of Pilgrims and Wampanoag Indians?

Wampanoag-Indians today, image courtesy onlytribal.com
Wampanoag-Indians today, image courtesy onlytribal.com

This was one year after the Pilgrims arrived on the territories occupied by 40 000 people in 67 villages, forming the proud Wampanoag Nation. Pilgrims and Indians signed a peace treaty that sadly only lasted as long as the Indian chief Massoit was alive.

 

You can enjoy more haiku on this page of my website or in my new book of poetry and haiku, As Good AS Gold:

“I have a confession to make. I’m not much of a dog lover. I’m more a cat person so I wasn’t sure if I would enjoy As Good As Gold, celebrating dogs. I needn’t have worried. I thoroughly enjoyed this charming collection of verse and as a result of reading it I think I understand dogs so much better.” @Lindahill50Hill, Book Reviewer

There is something truly magical about this wonderful collection. Having read each poem, I love how every word celebrates our canine companions from the tip of their wet noses to the wag of their tails.” (Susan Day, Editor and Author)

As Good As Gold is also available as an e-book, paperback and in Large Print, colorful pictures, a dyslexia friendly edition: get it on Amazon UK, Amazon US 

Text and Haiku © Patricia Furstenberg.

(Image courtesy Lucie Hošová, free on Unsplash)

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Haiku-San, First Autumn Day, #Haiku #Sunday #HaikuSan via @PatFurstenberg

First Autumn Day, a Sunday Haiku: Haiku-San

Early autumn leaves

Rustling rusty carpet

The child sweeps around.

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Enjoy more Haiku in my new poetry and haiku book, As Good AS Gold:

A book with an enormous heart for readers of all ages” (Singing Librarian Books)

Kids of all ages will love As Good As Gold. It is wonderful to read out loud, for them to read to you or, with so much potential for joining in and taking turns” (Julia Thum Writes)

As Good As Gold is also available in Large Print, colorful pictures, a dyslexia friendly edition: get it on Amazon UK, Amazon US 

I chose the name Haiku-San as it derives from Haiku, meaning unusual verse in Japanese (hai=unusual, ku=verse, strophe) and San, the honorific Japanese title when speaking about people. San is also the phonetic transcription of the first syllable of the English word Sunday, Sun-day hence Haiku-San, a Sunday feature on Alluring Creations involving Haiku I write.

Text and Haiku-San © Patricia Furstenberg.

(Image courtesy Unsplash)

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Haiku-San, Life Cycle, #Haiku #Sunday #HaikuSan via @PatFurstenberg

Life Cycle, a Sunday Haiku: Haiku-San

While you looked away

A leaf turned from green to rust.

Life elsewhere goes on.

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I chose the name Haiku-San as it derives from Haiku, meaning unusual verse in Japanese (hai=unusual, ku=verse, strophe) and San, the honorific Japanese title when speaking about people. San is also the phonetic transcription of the first syllable of the English word Sunday, Sun-day hence Haiku-San, a Sunday feature on Alluring Creations involving Haiku I write.

As Good As Gold by Patricia Furstenberg – A dog’s life in poems. 35 poems and Haiku for all ages

You can find more Haiku in my new book of poetry, As Good AS Gold

Haikus at the end were tiny diamonds.” (Kathryn Meyer Griffith, long time author)

“A lovely book of poems and haiku that will appeal to any animal lover.” (Shortbookandscribes)

Text and Haiku-San © Patricia Furstenberg.

(Thanks to @Jeremytphoto for making this photo available freely on @unsplash)

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