September’s Sunday Morning Rain (haibun)

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September’s Sunday morning rain brings a flock of hungry robins to the complacent, slow worms. Clouds like flipping light switches turn the sun off and on. The birds are fattening up for the long flight south. It feels a bit early for their migration. They move with purpose and I swear excitement, as the lush, too-long grass is a worm collective oasis. The flock’s intrusion into the turf is of little concern to the year-round feathered residents who frequent the feeders and the fruit trees.

Wet green leaves quiver,
diamonds in a sun dance
to wind’s cool music.

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Xenia Tran is today’s host for dVerse’ Haibun Monday. Xenia says:
For today’s Haibun Monday, you are invited to create a haibun about September and a special moment you experienced during this month or are looking forward to.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Sadje. I looked out this morning and saw them which turned into this poem.

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      1. Sadje says:

        I can just imagine the scene

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  1. memadtwo says:

    What a wonderful sight! There are always a few robins who spend the winter here. They look so strange hopping in the snow. (K)

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    1. msjadeli says:

      It was! And they were all getting lucky with worms! I really don’t think robins could survive the winters here. They probably stay warm in the heat of your city?

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      1. memadtwo says:

        They must hang out with other birds–blue jays and cardinals, not to mention starlings and sparrows, are always around. There’s plenty of food to be found here–although worms in winter would be scarce!

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  2. The birdie’s face says it all – nothing like a fresh rain worm for breakfast! 🙂

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  3. So lovely to see the robins Lisa, a perfect haibun for September! xxx

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Very happy you enjoyed the haibun, Xenia, thank you ❤

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  4. Rob Kistner says:

    I love birds Lisa. This is wonderful my friend… 🙂✌🏼❤️

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    1. msjadeli says:

      I loved their surprise visit. I saw one, then there was a yard full of them.

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  5. Grace says:

    Love the scene of the robins looking for their food in the grass with excitement. It saddens me to see birds migrating to the south, but that is part of the seasonal changes.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Grace. Everything is still so green, it seems too soon.

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  6. Look what just popped up again in my feed! Jeez, this little birdie seems to be really hungry! 🙂

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Sorry, Christian, it just happened to fit a prompt today so I changed the title and re-posted it. That should be the last you see of the hungry robin 🙂

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      1. No need to apologize, Lisa. While the rain worms might disagree, I actually think the little bird is quite cute!

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  7. It’s so easy to take robins for granted, but they are so reliable in marking the seasons for us.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Yes they are. I’m always happy to see them. They call bluebirds the happiness birds, but I think they share the title with robins.

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  8. forestbather says:

    In the best tradition of haibun, focusing on the wonders of nature. Enjoyed this floating haibun…!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Ain, thank you. Did you see that Colbert video with the Ukranian guest on the show? I thought it was a very powerful segment.

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  9. Badfinger (Max) says:

    Looks like the bird has been eating well.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Not my pic but a representative of what the robins were doing in my yard.

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      1. Badfinger (Max) says:

        He/she looks full regardless.

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  10. You set the scene perfectly Lisa!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks, Carol. I’m just the reporter 🙂

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  11. SelmaMartin says:

    Your yard, a “worm collective oasis” to fatten them. Perfect. And let’s hope these avian friends make it safely to their destination; no window collision to derail them. I pray.
    Love your haibun: wind’s cool music is charming. Thanks for sharing, Lisa. Xoxo

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Selma thank you very much 🙂

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  12. Suzanne says:

    How beautiful. Your writing made me feel very peaceful.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      So happy the writing had that effect for you, Suzanne ❤

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  13. kim881 says:

    Coincidence, Lisa! There’s a robin outside my window right now! It’s such a joy to watch birds on the feeders.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      So neat, Kim. I know your robins are different than the ones here. Your robins use the feeders?? I know they are smaller and maybe they eat different things??

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  14. dorahak says:

    Just perfect, Lisa. A snapshot in haibun.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Dora, thank you 🙂

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  15. You make me envious with that picture of lush green and fat birds. We will have far fewer birds around this winter. The drought has meant fewer insects, means dead birds. It’s still brown and parched, still waiting for proper rain.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Oh no, Jane. Can you buy mealworms for them to help them out? It has been a hot, dry summer here but the recent rains have really greened things up. Over the summer I’ve kept the bird bath and various other containers/trays at different heights full of water and the bird traffic at them was steady. Poor little critters very lives are in our hands 😦

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      1. I hesitate to put out meal worms because we don’t have a bird table, everything hangs from the trees or I put it on the ground, and meal worms are bad for hedgehogs. I think it’s probably in urban and suburban areas that the birds will be hardest hit. Too many people still pour poison over everything in their gardens.

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  16. Gillena Cox says:

    “They move with purpose and I swear excitement, as the lush, too-long grass is a worm collective oasis.”

    Nice one!!!

    Much💛love

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks, Gillena!

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  17. Mish says:

    I had to pause today seeing two fat robins in my front yard. Haven’t seen them in ages. Especially love …” Clouds like flipping light switches turn the sun off and on.” Your haiku is stunning, Lisa!

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  18. That rain was wonderful this weekend. I’ve not had many birds around for the last month—a few robins and mourning doves is all. I think they’re leaving early this year too. 💜

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Yes it was. Maybe they know something we don’t…

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      1. 😳 That could mean a rough winter. It’s 46 here in EL at 9:30 am.

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        1. msjadeli says:

          I think so, Colleen. I need to try to find a place inside to bring the houseplants that have been outside all summer. The challenge is real!

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          1. Oh, yikes. You guys get more snow than we do. Stay warm.

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  19. Of course, they are excited for that long trip south

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  20. it felt like i was there watching the birds. this is vivid and delightful, Lisa. love this line: Clouds like flipping light switches turn the sun off and on.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      So happy you enjoyed the poem, Rosemarie, thank you 🙂

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  21. selizabryangmailcom says:

    Mmm…don’t those worms look delicious? lol.
    The wet green leaves do quiver, don’t they? So vivid!!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Stacey, maybe battered and deep-fried with horseradish sauce! Thanks much!

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  22. selizabryangmailcom says:

    Maybe…. but I think I’d still hurl, lol!

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