late summer
make their entrance


5 Responses

  1. martin1223 Says:

    Again, I enjoyed your poem:

    the coffin’s shadow
    stretching on
    these cooling mountains
    this autumn twilight

  2. martin1223 Says:

    A north star to the truth!

  3. Alan Summers Says:

    Lovely haiku!

    Sunflowers are incredible, whether in a pot, or standing six feet tall. I still remember visiting a whole field of sunflowers to this day!

    This haiku is about a time when I was being filmed, and we discovered a mysterious bunch of sunflowers.

    such old steps
    I water the sunflowers
    for Van Gogh

    Alan Summers
    Stardust Issue 9 – September 2017

  4. martin1223 Says:

    Reminded of his Mulberry tree painting when I was walking to work and passed the Absecon wetlands in New Jersey:

    wetland shore
    the maple ripples
    with the sky

  5. Alan Summers Says:

    Cool! Great comparison with the painting and the wetlands you had witnessed in New Jersey.

    When Karen organised a week in Amsterdam, in the Museum Quarter, (September 2015) we didn't know there was the Van Gogh/Munch comparative exhibition with a terrific party! We decided to go to the launch party much later, as the other wing was incredibly quiet and I had wheatfields to myself for a long time.

    Since then I've published numerous haiku. I also had published two haibun about the Tate Britain "EY EXHIBITION VAN GOGH AND BRITAIN" exhibition (27 MARCH – 11 AUGUST 2019) using a new 'haiku/haibun' writing technique.

    But here is my very first Amsterdam Van Gogh Museum haiku which I posted onto my Area 17 blog rather than have it published:

    the crows changing
    into their colours

    Alan Summers

    It was written that way because there was no glass protection and I could lean in to about two millimetres away. I had asked permission! :-)

    The brushstrokes are as detailed and vivid close up and I could see how the crows 'emerged' from the wheat or the wheat 'created' the crows.

    warm regards,


    The link to my Area 17 post is in my name.

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