A Jack Frost threesome

Spiralling seagulls:
This frozen-footed pigeon
Pauses to admire

Early morning breath
Dissolving like a dream:
White heron swooping

First frost:
Past brooding cormorants
Seagulls head upstream

4 Responses to “A Jack Frost threesome”

  1. Glad to see you’re handling the cold in more a light-hearted manner than we, John. Our birds were congregating by chimneys to stay warm for some time-I fear some were overcome by carbon monoxide and fell in!
    Thankfully, we’re experiencing the “January thaw” as I write this, an annual meteorogical occurence.
    Next week-The St. Paul Winter Carnival! Just hope the lake ice is still intact for the outdoor activities…car races, ice fishing contests, pond hockey tournaments, snow queens and carnival kings will abound!
    Keep your socks dry!

  2. You and Nobuyuki Yuasa should get together sometime – waterbirding. The first haiku is a very poetic take on someone else feeding the birds? I almost ducked as I read it.

  3. I love “brooding” and “spiralling”: such apt bird verbs. And your characterization of yourself is endearing without being cutesy– who doesn’t feel like a frozen-footed pigeon in this cold?

  4. John Dougill Says:

    Thanks, Ellis… I’m heartened that the personal reference wasn’t too ‘cutesy’ as I was worried it might be… I didn’t know that Nobuyuki was a waterbird man too… perhaps he goes walking along the river every day like myself… difficult to keep birds out of haiku when you’re by the Kamogawa! Eygret, heron, seagulls, cormorants, hawks and just twice in twelve years kingfishers….

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