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.

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. Yes, focusing on moments is the only way to get through. Thanks for sharing your lovely haiku! Ruth, thereisnosuchthingasagodforsakentown.blogspot.com

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  3. 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!


  4. 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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