Hello, Autumn

Fall-time upon us / presses interest
insights past, present

Reminds / ample worldly time
fanciful; gumption to gather

Season of mists and fog
gentle intimations recolor

Allay survival’s labors; sunset drifts
cushion fall’s prescient omens

“Season of mists and fog” (line 5) alludes . . .
“To Autumn”, a poem by John Keats

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Patterns: An Exercise (and Poem)

Open a new tab and type “patterns” into Google:

Isn’t that nice? (Click on “Images” if they didn’t automatically appear in results.)

Patterns naturally attract the eye by way of a brain’s functional learning mechanisms. Patterns invigorate the mind with a quenching sense of satisfaction. The brain ‘notices’ new material and processes the information in an effort to find a familiar pattern; thus, the brain ‘learns’ what to manifest in its body . . . whether any action is needed.

The brain functions to maintain equilibrium, and to do so it must solve problems. New patterns are new problems, which serve to prime the mind for intense, immediate output or delayed response efficiency.

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Perhaps this explains why we crave the ocean, or a lake, or practically any body or form of water. We identify so closely with its qualities of generally orderly appearance (on the surface, including any waves), known places of chaos beneath, moving to rectify, until achieving a state that is natural, sustainable.

What is true for nature is true for us as well, for we are part of nature and operate most efficiently when we are in tune with it. By “it”, is meant wherever we find ourselves: a lake vacation or a day in the office.


aquatic rippling, disturbance effect
attracts integral confusion

chaotic state induces communion
waving, crashing, reading one’s disruptions

swirling, salted chaos crumbles artifice
levels emotion, working new information

elemental patterns, stability
basic glue, regularity

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Like a Canine Caterwaul (haibun)

At the start, one senses faint laughter; but quick, excited crescendo quickly obliterates intrigue—replaces it with alarmed discomfort. (If laughter were rated G, this discordance would be the X-rated horror variant.)

Screams accost nightfall’s quiet expectation.

Screeches and whoops approach. Our quiet retirement obliterated, having never seen the source of these frightening sounds, we move to see what’s happening outside. Of course, we see nothing.

Turns out (seems) to be howls of a woman in domestic argument . . . perhaps in distress. Or, being attacked by something like a gang of demented gangland night-crawlers. (The mind at max potential.) No, it’s a randomly disturbed person upon some lady or couple. How awful. But, no: soon it’s realized . . . dogs. Yes, an entire pack of dogs . . . but how likely is this, that they would sound that way? They’re killing cats now . . . it’s cats screaming. Oh . . . no, this is simply a cacophony of the beloved coyote!

piercing our cover
grave, canid caterwauling
sundown’s coyote

Beloved Coyote

We’ve seen and heard about coyote throughout our lives—country and city living. They’re around, in both cases, but normally quiet and usually alone. They wander for food in a declining environment.

Coyote can sound much worse than they are threatening, although they can present some danger to smaller animals left out at night. Two or three coyote have the ability to sound like a large pack. They use such signalling as protection and warning.

Turn up the volume!

You can learn more about the coyote by visiting Natural Habitat Adventures, and learn how coyote are beneficial to their environments via the California Dept. of Fish and Wildlife.

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