Saturday, 28 April 2007

Wings

When I think of wings, I immediately think of birds. In a city like Edinburgh, the most obvious wildlife is the birdlife, whether in the city itself or in the woodlands, river walks and hills around the city. In the centre of Edinburgh, birds of prey are known to nest in what seem like unlikely places:



cathedral spire
rises into the blue sky -
hawk soars.

It was also near a church in the centre of town that a few years ago I saw the wonderful sight of large numbers of a bird that only rarely comes over to the UK from Scandanavia:

hundreds of waxwings
flutter red and yellow wings -
rowan berries.

But its not only birds. Last autumn I saw something that really surprised me, I didn't think that this insect ever came as far north as Edinburgh:

humming bird hawkmoth
hovers above the rose bush -
climate change.

Wings for Sunday Scribblings

38 comments:

spacedlaw said...

Lovely haikus (my favourite being the second one).
Birds always seem a poetry unto themselves.

Thanks for visiting my blog.

polona said...

this is very nice and it works well as a haibun :)

paris parfait said...

Really beautiful poems. My husband, the bird-watcher, will enjoy these.

Regina Clare Jane said...

City birds are so amazing- and where they find places to nest! Incredible! Lovely haikus- I especially liked the first as I could picture both the church spire and the hawk so eaily!

Deb G said...

These are great, I especially like the first one.

Crafty Green Poet said...

spacedlaw - birds are the ultimate poets!

Polona - thanks - I didn't think the prose was good enough for it to work as a haibun, but pleased you think it does!

Tara - hope your husband enjoys!

Regina - I know - I'm always amazed at city birds!

Deb - thanks!

Clockworkchris said...

Your haikus are really nice. Thanks for your visit. Sorry I am being slow this week. I loved the first one best.

colleen said...

Birds are flapping all over the Scribbler pages this Sunday. This one reminded me of the story I saw on PBS about the hawks nesting on a ritzy apartment building across from Central Park and the groupies they created.

karlascottage.typepad.com said...

Don't forget winged fairies too!

Thanks for dropping by, I agree, any bit of recycling is good for ALL of us!

Liza's Eyeview said...

yes, birds are lovely creatures and I think of them too when I hear thenord "wings".

Lovely haikus you posted :)

Bohemian Mom said...

I love your haikus.
Beautifully written.
Excellent take on the prompt.

gautami tripathy said...

I always love your haikus. You are a great minimalist.

Crafty Green Poet said...

Chris - Thanks! don't worry about being slow!

Colleen - hawks near Central Park? I guess it would be a good place for them to be near to!

Karla - you're right there are fairies too but I've not seen any recently... Recycling is great!

Liza, Bohemian Mom, Gautami - thanks!

Tammy said...

What's happening in Edinburg that you have had such beautiful events?
Lovely haiku.

Catherine said...

I love the sound of "humming bird hawkmoth". There are some creatures that are a treat to see expanding their range, but climate change is more likely to bring all sorts of Australian nasties to New Zealand - poisonous insects and spiders that have previously been killed off by our colder winters. Perhaps eventually nature will find a new balance

Crafty Green Poet said...

Tammy - Edinburgh is a wonderful place! It's quite a small city with lots of green spaces so we get more nature than in some cities.

Catherine, I hope nature will find a new balalce, I hope it can do that.

Mandy said...

three excellent haiku

I do wish people would learn that the plural of haiku is haiku and NOT haikus - it grates on me everytime I see/hear it.

Awareness said...

Edinburgh is one of my most favourite cities.........it's so beautiful, as are your haikus....

I can see the hawk circling above the spires.....

I can see the birds flittering through the park.....

lovely.

maybe it's time I put on my wings and visit this city again. It's been way too long.

:)

Awareness said...

ooooops.........sorry Mandy....didn't mean to grate....

Didn't know I even added an "s"..... I blame it on my ring finger. :)

Patois said...

Lovely poems. A sweet take on the day's post.

Crafty Green Poet said...

pelzzxMandy - thanks! the wrong plural of haiku annoys me too, but we use the wrong plural forms for many Italian words (eg panini is already plural). Perhaps we should be allowed an element of anglicisation of words we import from other languages?

Awareness - glad to hear Edinburgh is one of your favourite cities.

Onion said...

loved the haikus.

Thanks for stopping by on my first attempt :)

tricia stirling said...

ooh, i remember those gorgeous cathedral spires from my too-quick stay in edinburgh. i'd never heard of a waxwing. i'll have to add that to my list of favorite words!

strauss said...

That was a fantastic post. I loved the inter-twining of haikus. Oh I love birds so much. In Australia we would get rosellas in our trees and woudl encourage them by placing dried fruit and seed hangings. They wre so noisy, and I missed their lively chatter when we moved to Canda, but if I am still, and cast my eye to the heavens over here, I have been known to spy a soaring eagle, whcih will stop me in my tracks with y chin set heaven-ward until the eagle disappears out of sight, or a v-formation of honking geese, or the chickadees flitting in and out of the bird box in the backyard feeding its young or the woodpecker that was hammering the bejeebers out of our tree. I am enjoying reading these posting prompts a great deal.

Gemma said...

Your haikus paint beautiful pictures.

Crafty Green Poet said...

onion, gemma - thanks!

strauss - thanks for your stories of all your birds!

tricia - waxwings are lovely birds! Yes Edinburgh is full of church spires!

Unfolding Rose said...

fantastic haiku!
i am amazed by the humming bird hawkmoth - nice, thought-provoking finish.
thanks for your comment (and your whisper!)

Remiman said...

Juliet,
Beautiful poetry and observations. I do think this qualifies quite naturally as a haibun.
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Sian said...

I liked them all but particularly the first onw. Thanks

Brian said...

Hi Crafty,

Love the haiku and the cityscapes they invoke.

AscenderRisesAbove said...

"climate change"; just those two words; beyond sad. the answer so obvious.

Robin said...

I'm with Ascender, just hearing "climate change" stirs a lot of emotion these days. Lovely haiku. And it's nice to hear that your city is so green with nature, an example to the rest of the world.

...deb said...

Wonderful post and poems. I adore birds and your descriptions catch me at many levels...

The bird story Coleen refers to is actually in print-- Red-Tails in Love: A Wildlife Drama in Central Park by Marie Winn. Delightful story (much better than the title suggests...I had resisted reading it for a few years but finally picked it up and enjoyed completely.)

Annie Mahoney said...

I greatly admire any writer who can craft haikus. These are lovely!

Self Taught Artist said...

I have to admit I do not understand or 'get' poetry, but I still try to put it into my view because one day I might get it....and I have to say what strikes me about this post is an immediate feeling or hearing of someone narrating and then someone singing, then narrating and singing...until all lines are finished. Its lovely!

tinker said...

Beautiful haikus - though the last one is very poignant - lovely as it may be to see them, it's so sad and frightening to think why they are so far north.

Pacian said...

Birds are the urban animal, for sure. They have access to all the best places: untrodden by human feet and unsquashed by car tyres.

The first haiku seems vivid, visually powerful; the third a fever dream.

Crafty Green Poet said...

unfolding rose - thanks!
Remiman - a second vote for it qualifying as a haibun - thanks!

Sian, Brian, thanks!

Ascender - yes the answer is so obvious

Robin - yes we are lucky in Edinburgh, it being small and green compared to lots of other cities

Deb - thanks -I'll need to look out for that story!

Annie - thanks

Self taught artist - you say you don't get poetry, but I think you do really... Thanks!

Tinker - exactly!

Pacian - birds are able to make the most of the urban setting, you're certainly right there!