The Voice of Autumn- A Haibun

I find Autumn to be a beautiful time of year, especially if you are lucky enough to live in a place where you can experience the sights and sounds of the season. I live in Florida by choice so I can experience warmer weather year round, but the price to pay is that I no longer see the changes of season.

This Autumn, on September 28th to be exact, we had what you could call a seasonal change that brought many sounds. It’s name was Ian and it was a hurricane. The storm was huge and slow moving. At times its noises were deafening as it shook the entire house. It ripped trees out of the ground and split other trunks in two. Roof tiles flew every which way and rain travelled in all directions and pounded everything it touched. This went on for hours and I would much rather experience the sound of acorns crunching under my feet than the sound of a hurricane ripping homes apart.

Fall is a term for autumn because typically leaves ‘fall’ from the trees. We saw them ripped off along with the branches they were attached to and land five hundred feet away.

Sights and sounds of Fall
A hurricane remembered
for indifference

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'Autumn's voice'

  25 comments for “The Voice of Autumn- A Haibun

  1. November 23, 2022 at 7:40 am

    Wow! I have written about floods, but I think your hurricane is at least equally scary.

    • Christine Bolton
      November 23, 2022 at 12:19 pm

      Both are scary Rosemary! 😧 When Mother Nature gets angry she is fierce.

  2. November 22, 2022 at 3:29 pm

    It is scary with those hurricanes (and it may be deadly even). They seem to come more and more often. I remember I visited Florida right after hurricane Andrew… and it was scary to see what it had made.

    • Christine Bolton
      November 23, 2022 at 12:22 am

      Yes Andrew was historic. They are becoming more frequent, much bigger and even more catastrophic.

  3. November 22, 2022 at 9:32 am

    I’ve been through a few hurricanes back when I lived in Texas and Louisiana. They are to be respected. Well done!

    • Christine Bolton
      November 23, 2022 at 12:24 am

      Thanks Linda. I am beginning to think Arizona’s sandstorms would be more palatable 🙃

      • November 23, 2022 at 8:47 am

        We love Arizona. We’ve lived here for 25 years. ☺️

  4. November 22, 2022 at 9:08 am

    Wow! So much more than fall….glad to have you tell the tale.

    • Christine Bolton
      November 23, 2022 at 12:25 am

      Me too! Thanks Darnell ☺️💕

  5. November 22, 2022 at 7:29 am

    Sorry to hear you had to experience Ian – up close and personal. Hope you survived without much effect??? 😊💕🌹

    • Christine Bolton
      November 23, 2022 at 12:31 am

      Thanks dear Chuck. Yes we did. I’m just thankful we didn’t live 50 miles south of here. They got it really bad 😢

      • November 23, 2022 at 10:11 am

        Very Happy to hear you came through unscathed. You were blessed! Have a Great Thanksgiving, My Dear!! 😊💕🌹

      • Christine Bolton
        November 23, 2022 at 12:25 pm

        You too Chuck. Happy Thanksgiving, my friend.☺️💕

  6. November 22, 2022 at 4:11 am

    What an experience, Christine! I don’t think I could live in a place where I couldn’t see the seasons change, but I wouldn’t want to experience a hurricane either – the great storm in the UK in the eighties was enough for me – especially after reading your description of Ian. You’ve really captured the sounds.

    • Christine Bolton
      November 23, 2022 at 12:33 am

      Thank you Kim. I remember my mum sending me photos of the hurricane that went through part of London. Is that the one you’re referring to? It was hard to believe. I don’t ever remember a hurricane in England before that 😳

      • November 23, 2022 at 2:37 am

        I was living in Twickenham at the time and cycled to work in Richmond, I had to lift my bike over fallen trees! It was the scariest weather I’ve ever experienced.

      • Christine Bolton
        November 23, 2022 at 8:30 am

        Yes, that was the one. Absolutely incredible for London. The climate has only worsened since then. 😦

      • November 23, 2022 at 10:41 am

        So true.

  7. November 21, 2022 at 11:35 pm

    Not anything I’d want to be anywhere near, let alone in the middle of. Glad you lived to write the poem, Christine.

    • Christine Bolton
      November 21, 2022 at 11:43 pm

      Lol! Right? It wasn’t my first but this one really bothered me. I didn’t blog for days after it happened and it made me wonder why the heck I live in FL 🙄

      • November 22, 2022 at 12:52 am

        I understand the attraction, it’s paradise — until it isn’t!

      • Christine Bolton
        November 23, 2022 at 12:35 am


  8. November 21, 2022 at 10:57 pm

    I’m glad you were safe. A hurricane is a frightening experience.

    • Christine Bolton
      November 23, 2022 at 12:36 am

      Thanks dear Sadje. It certainly is 😳

      • November 23, 2022 at 1:05 am

        Take care

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