Poetry Friday: On the Wings of Birds

When Mary Lee Hahn invited us all to join her in writing a daily haiku during the month of December, I wasn’t sure I had the energy. The past year has been challenging in so many ways and I have often found it difficult to put my worries and frustrations aside and just write. But, like Mary Lee, I needed to find a way to “focus on moments and slows me down to a more livable pace.”

Writing a haiku each day has helped me shift into low gear and find the poetry in what Natalie Babbitt calls “those commonplace marvels which [the world] spreads so carelessly before us everyday.” For me, many of these marvels have arrived on the wings of birds, so it seems appropriate to end the year with a mini-collection of haiku inspired by my feathered friends.

By Shahnoor Habib Munmun via Wikimedia Commons

a quartet of crows:
onyx adornments in oak’s
leafless crown

tracks in fresh snow:
thank you notes
from the birds

withered brown apple
summer’s forgotten bounty
blue jay’s surprise treat

like an eagle’s tail
plumes of white clouds fan out
over distant hills

© Catherine Flynn, 2017

Wishing you all a joyous holiday season. I’m looking forward to seeing you all in 2018! Please be sure to visit Buffy Silverman at Buffy’s Blog for the Poetry Friday Roundup.

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13 thoughts on “Poetry Friday: On the Wings of Birds

  1. Yes! That’s exactly it. Shift into low gear. I have really enjoyed the #haikuforhealing. Some days I write more than one. Some days I skip. But, it’s truly healing and I love it.
    onyx adornments–wow! love that
    thank you notes from birds just might be my favorite.
    Any thoughts of a collection of bird poems….lots of birds….not just one. You seem to have a great connection to them.

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  2. These are lovely haikus Catherine, and definitely breathe in nature while slowing us down. I especially like your last eagle tribute and your “plumes of white clouds,” thanks for all. I’m a big fan of Natalie Babbitt too; thanks for all and Happy Holidays!

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  3. These are lovely, Catherine. My occasional participation in #haikuforhealing this month has been such a positive. I’ve always adored bird tracks in the snow but thanks to your haiku, I’m going to see them as thank you notes from now on.

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