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#Haikai Challenge #109: scarecrow

Butterfly stuffings
Sail in cold October gusts –
Murder of crows wait.

Wood bones, tattered skin dances
Hat rolls between stalks — crows feast.


Image result for sad scarecrow with crows

Long past dark stands guard
Featureless-faced effigy
Crows sleep, hunter moon

Sun’s melted frost, eyeless tears
Crows build shelter from his guts


Frank J. Tassone is the host of Haikai Challenge.  Frank says:
According to the traditional calendar, that renders this month the last of Autumn. And since many birds have migrated, that leaves plenty of opportunity for crows to feast without competition. To preserve the fruits of their harvest, or prevent the ravaging of whatever crop remains in the fields, farmers have relied on the use of the scarecrow.

Write the haikai poem of your choice (haiku, senryu, haibun, tanka, haiga, renga, etc.) that alludes to the scarecrow (kakashi).

first image:  Scarecrow in the Garden and Crows by Eleonimages
second image: Jimmy Scarecrow’s Christmas

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