Design a site like this with
Get started

Creeping Sepia: saijiki notes by Alan Summers

Creeping Sepia:

Alan Summers, and his full saijiki notes


The 1st Modern Kigo Competition 

(January 2022)

creeping sepia photograph©Alan Summers

This was my full entry which helped win that very first modern kigo contest:

new kigo: creeping sepia

Season: Autumn 

Short Definition:

The transition into Autumn (Fall) as Summer fades, with a growing mixture of climate change effects, and nostalgia for when seasons were clearly defined.

Longer Definition:

A combination of the transition into Autumn (Fall) as Summer fades, and a mixture of climate change effects bringing out an urge for a nostalgia of historically fixed and clearly defined seasonal shifts of the past. This might also include childhood/family photographs that might have been in colour but now have a creeping sepia effect.

adjective: creeping

occurring or developing gradually and almost imperceptibly.

noun: sepia

Sepia ink was commonly used within the Greco-Roman era, and remained in common use as an artist’s drawing material until the 19th century. Acclaimed Russian film director Andrei Tarkovsky used a sepia tone in his 1979 science-fiction movie Stalker to visually distinguish scenes set in the forbidden Zone from the real world: 

“the poet in his brown coat – a figure enmeshed in ground.”

Stalker (film)

Sepia sometimes seen as the “Colour of Nostalgia” now often runs into Bladerunner Sepia (orange skies of pollution). Now, with changes in the seasonal cycles fast-forwarded by humanity, the normal changes are no longer immutable, sometimes creeping up on us, and into the rest of nature.

This kigo also exudes Mono No Aware (物の哀れ) (n.) lit. “the pathos of things”; the awareness of the impermanence of transience of all things and the gentle sadness and wistfulness at their passing as well as a longer, deeper gentle sadness about this state being the reality of life.

creeping sepia

the rustle of non-human

at first light

Alan Summers

1st Prize

International Modern Kigo Competition

January 2022

The results were announced on February 1st, 2022

Comment by poet & former Health professional Keith Beniston

Other ‘creeping sepia’ kigo by Alan Summers:


creeping sepia

a dog that outran

the wind

Alan Summers

Publication credit: Presence issue #71 (2021)


creeping sepia the threshold of the forest becomes song thrush

Alan Summers, Whiptail: journal of the single-line poem issue 2 (January 2022)


creeping sepia
the dust motes
of rifles

Alan Summers

First publication:
Seashores Issue 9 (November 2022)

Meet… Alan Summers
seashores, an international journal to share the spirit of haiku
Issue 9 (November 2022)

creeping sepia
the gravity inside
beech masts

Alan Summers

Blo͞o Outlier Journal issue 3  
the natural history haiku edition  (Summer 2022)
ed. Alan Summers   
dedicated to Gene Murtha

About the 2nd Modern Kigo (Spring) Contest:


3 responses to “Creeping Sepia: saijiki notes by Alan Summers”

  1. Reblogged this on Haikutec’s Weblog and commented:

    Revealing my full competition entry details!


  2. What a thoughtful, well-said entry, Alan. Not only great ‘ku showing it, but the thought behind the kigo to begin with.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thank you so much. It was a labour of love and I’m thrilled it was chosen as the winning entry (notes & haiku).

      deeply appreciated,


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: