Berries Bursting Red

Three pictures of red berries from a Rowan tree.  First picture is of the entire bunch and the following two are gradual close-ups.
Photographs taken by Mikaela Walker, October 2021

I always find Autumn (or Fall) a most inspiring time in Scotland. The colours of leaves on trees and berries on bushes. The lighting come dusk on a dry day with pinks, oranges, purples and blues in the sky. Even the cloudy days with smeary rain and droplets making ripples in the puddles. It would be easy to say Autumn is my favourite season – as a pale skinned red-head, it was never going to be summer.

Inspired by the photograph above, I have written 3 similar poems using forms with restricted syllable count – Haiku, Tanka (5/7/5/7/7) and Shadorma (3/5/3/3/7/7). Though I’m British and we usually use ‘Autumn’, I have used ‘Fall’ as I felt it fit my purposes better. I hope you enjoy each of them and the differences each form brings.

Haiku – Syllable Count 5/7/5

Berries bursting red,
Bountiful upon the branch,
Beacons of the Fall.

Tanka – 5/7/5/7/7

Berries bursting red,
Bountiful upon the branch,
Waiting to be plucked
By the beaks of birds, feasting,
Foraging all through the Fall.

Shadorma – 3/5/3/3/7/5

Bursting red
Bountiful berries
On the branch,
Bird’s beaks pluck,
Foraging amongst the trees,
Feasting in the Fall.

Published by kaelawalker

30-something aspiring writer on the West Coast of Scotland. Inspired by nature, beautiful Scotland and my journey coping with physical and mental illness.

2 thoughts on “Berries Bursting Red

    1. Sorry I didn’t see your message until now, it got sent to spam. Thanks very much for your comment. Most of my poetry that focuses on nature or environment is inspired by something I’ve seen and usually a photograph I’ve taken too.


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