#Haibun: Sharp Shinned Hawk

Every morning, I write with nature surrounding me. The view from my window allows me to observe the arrival of my feathered guests. A red-headed woodpecker comes to peck, peck, peck on the mesquite. From pigeons to mourning doves to peach faced love birds, I watch them feed on the seeds and drink from the birdbath. The pigeons and doves dance as they scuttle along the ground, eating the seeds cast out of the feeders by the smaller birds.

Tiny yellow and black finches peck at the thistle seed feeder. It’s both peaceful and bustling. All at once, they take flight and scatter like leaves fighting a burst of wind. Confused sparrows slam into my window. Miraculously unharmed, they flit away to safety. I am curious why, but then with a flurry of great wings he lands- HAWK!


golden eyed sharpie
plucked feathers float to the ground
another life gone
©2018 Linda Lee Lyberg

17 Comments on “#Haibun: Sharp Shinned Hawk

  1. As much as it pains me, even hawks have to eat. I keep my birdfeeders under the bushes where they can hide and it is harder for the hawks and eagles to see them. A lovely haibun here totally picturing the reactions of the birds to the raptors.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Yes, I agree. I have a video from a few weeks back of him sitting in the tree feeding. Video quality was not the best but it was quite something to see. Feathers raining down. All he left was a spine. Thank you for your comments- I truly appreciate them.


  2. Pingback: #Haikai Challenge #18 (1/27/18): Raven #haiku #senryu #haibun #tanka #renga #haiga – Frank J. Tassone

Leave a Reply

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

WordPress.com Logo

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

Facebook photo

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

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: