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dVerse — MTB 227 — Still


Feathers flash — then thump.
Is the chickadee stunned; or
something more final?
In the morning, still she lies;
Night hunters left her intact.


Frank J. Tassone is today’s host of dVerse‘ Meet the Bar.  Frank says:
Let us write our own Jisei. Write a haikai (haiku, senryu, tanka, kyoka, Gogyohka) or haikai-esque poem that reflects on imminent death—and the significance of life in light of it. If you are going for the haikai-esque, keep the lines brief (no more than 10) and use the aesthetics of haikai (simplicity, heartfulness, and pathos). If you feel daring, you can attempt the gembun—a one-sentence haibun, but otherwise, keep away from long forms.

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58 thoughts on “dVerse — MTB 227 — Still

  1. The image is stunning, and your words are perfection. We humans can shed a tear at the demise of a tiny bird, yet too many turn a blind eye on the pandemic.

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    1. A very touching comment, Glenn. Yes 😦 I got into another “discussion” with my mom yesterday when she said covid #s are being faked to make it look worse than it is. When she mentioned it was bad in nursing homes, I said the prisons also. She then said, “well if they are in prison they did something to get there.” I said, “Mom, what about the prison staff?” and went on to explain my older son’s girlfriend has 3 family members who work at a prison (her mom is nurse there.) She had nothing to say. I pray we get a vaccine and get it globally distributed soon. I also pray that 2021 is a turning point for us and our planet.


  2. This is so interesting… just yesterday we had an goldfinch hit the sliding door and lay splayed on the deck. We thought it broke a wing. I lifted it up into the bird feeder and sunshine. It sat there for a time and then eventually flew away! Great poem.

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  3. We had a Barn Owl smash into one of our front windows. Knocked it out and we called the wildlife people…they finally got here…and right on cue it woke up and took off.
    Very good but depressing poem Lisa.

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    1. Oh my goodness can’t even imagine a bigger bird hitting the window. Glad they recovered and flew off. I’ve been thinking about death all week and then today’s prompt kept up the dying. Hoping next week is a little brighter.

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  4. Oh, this breaks my heart when it happens. Sometimes, they do survive. I have a hawk that frequently hunt my bird feeders for easy prey and when the birds scatter…Not long ago I heard a thud and it was a Gila Woodpecker. The hawk swooped in and snatched it.

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