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Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Away With the Birds

          rushing thoughts...
          the speckled breast
          of this thrush

Notes From the Gean, December 2011, volume 3, issue 3

I haven't seen any thrushes here at my new home in Hobbiton, but many, many other birds that will stop me in my tracks; mind and body. Some I saw daily in suburbia, like blackbirds (a favourite of mine and hubby's), finches (partial to these wee ones, too) and sparrows (of course!).

Then there are the beautiful array of new birds for my viewing palette, like the ever loud and proud peacock, the majestic pair of hawks, the magpie's with a nest in our gum tree, the native pukeko that drink from the cow troughs, beautiful swallows, cheeky minors, and various brightly coloured parrots. It's a busy place!

Needless to say, much haiku is being written about the birds and our amazing rural views. I just sent in a new batch of ten haiku for my third set on DailyHaiku Cycle 12. My second week-long set is running now and looking great :) I'm also getting a submission ready to send in to The Heron's Nest by 15 December.

And to my surprise, I had a great session over the weekend writing dragon haiku and tanka for Aubrie Cox's New Year's Day post over at her blog, Yay Words! I'd never written about dragons before, but once I got going I had heaps of fun. Check out the submission info here. It's going to be fantastic!


  1. Love you ku . . . and comments, Kirsten! So glad you're settling in happily in your new environs. You so deserve it! A love all the native birds in your hemisphere . . . but I'm particularly fond of magpies! Happy holidays!

  2. Boy, typo fingers this morning . . . I meant, I love your ku . . . and I love all the native birds . . . oh well, you knew that!

  3. Thanks so much, Margaret :)

    It's so rewarding when a haiku finds its home after being rejected a time or two.

    I hadn't written much on my blog these last few months - just posting the poems - but I feel some space again now to write more freely and share of myself in this way.

    Unfortunately, with my ultra-slow Internet connection, I can't upload any pics. Will have to experiment with resizing them very small and see how that works, when I have some more time after the festive season.

    (((hugs))) Kirsten

  4. Your batch in Daily haiku is indeed looking great!
    All best~

  5. Thank you, Sanjuktaa :)
    I'm hoping the third set will be even better!
    Best, Kirsten x