The days early down….
winter nears by degrees….no

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Oh the days dwindle down/To a precious few…./September…./November….
And these few precious days/I’ll spend with you/These precious days/I’ll spend with
–Maxwell Anderson, lyricist

….and they lived….happily ever after….once upon a time….once in every lifetime….









  1. scifihammy says:

    Not heard this song before – nice one 🙂
    And a very interesting bridge photo 🙂

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  2. mistermuse says:

    The sign on the bridge says “Bridge of Dreams” — here is how it came by that name:



  3. I really enjoyed the subtleties in your haiku. In fact, everything about this post is a delight, in a wistful sort of way….Alice Faye, of course, and then the tendency of a bridge of dreams to become a bridge of sighs….

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    • mistermuse says:

      Thank you, Cynthia — I can think of no more appropriate choice of words than “subtleties” and “wistful”….and “bridge of sighs” reminds me of a wonderful film titled A LITTLE ROMANCE in which the Bridge of Sighs in Venice plays a vital role. Here’s the trailer for the film:

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  4. Sometimes “a little romance is everything”…..indeed.

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  5. A beautiful post. Very serene. 🙂

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  6. Mark Scheel says:

    Lately, having succumbed to a severe bout of the flu, I’ve been contemplating death. The song “The Autumn Leaves” keeps running through my head and I hear the implications in a much different way now. Your haiku reinforces that. Have you ever toured, really, the bridges of Madison County? Anyway, all covered bridges are special and beautiful.

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    • mistermuse says:

      I have indeed toured the bridges of Madison County — long ago, before the book and movie even came out (if I recall correctly). I especially remember a man on a rainy Iowa morning going out of his way to get in his pickup truck and lead us to one of the bridges when I asked for directions. Friendly folks, those Iowans!
      And, Mark, while we may not agree on politics, we certainly agree that “all covered bridges are special and beautiful” — I should know: I’ve photographed over 500 of them in the U.S., Canada and Europe.


  7. Don Frankel says:

    It used to seem like a long long time from May to December but not so much now.


  8. mistermuse says:

    Don, “That long long time” (May to December) has been replaced by the time from the Democratic & Republican primaries to election day — and now, given the intransigent animosity that has developed, it looks like it won’t even end on election day, no matter who wins.


  9. Don Frankel says:

    Muse, my theory is everyone should vote on July 4. Because I think that most everyone makes their minds up during the Primary process and the rest is all show biz.


  10. mistermuse says:

    Good idea, Don. Not only would voting on Independence Day free us from four more months of insufferable political posturing, but it would give the winner four extra months to put together the best possible administration and time to try to work on mending fences with the opposition (if such a thing is possible).


  11. inesephoto says:

    Love your ‘no wonder November’!

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  12. mistermuse says:

    Thank you. I don’t write many haikus — probably because I struck gold with that one and haven’t had such luck since!


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