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Sunday morning haiku


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Getting ready to build the morning fire, I stood up from the wood burner and looked outside.  I saw a brown lump out by one of the fenceposts that isn’t usually there.  When you spend a lot of time staring at a particular place, you immediately notice if something is different.  I walked closer to the window to get a better look.  Glory be, it was a ring-necked pheasant.  Today is the first time seeing one here in all 8 years of seeing so many other critters.

Not being much a photographer with my phone, I chose the pretty picture at the top for the post, but below is what I captured with my phone:

pheasant by fence

Of course the pheasant inspired a haiku.

Morning pheasant feasts

white ring bobs with food and fear

tawny feathers gleam


I waited to go out and get the firewood, because of course I didn’t want to scare the lovely critter away.  Looking out a little later, he was gone, so I thought it was ok to go out.  He had just moved down the fence line and we made eye contact before he slowly sauntered for a bit as if he hadn’t a care in the world, until he got a little away then he speed walked into invisibility in the tall grass out back.

We see each other

he saunters in false bravado

then powers away


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