The Lighter Side of JzB

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Every day visits*
From Moose, Goose, and Orb Weaver
All seized by Haiku

"Why moose and goose?" you may ask. Back on 2/04/13 Pirate wrote a haiku with an elk in it, and I responded with
one with a moose and then included him every day. A few days later in comments Mystic asked "Where's the goose?"
So I started including her with this post on 2/07. A week later on the 14th, Mark Readfern
asked for and received a spider. The rest is history.

*Well, most days, anyway. Grant me a bit of poetic license.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Carpe Diem #146, Tsubame (swallow)

I took a walk this afternoon in a wetland preserve near my house.  Saw many small birds flitting around and heard the joyful sound of their chirping.  No swallows, that I know of, but I was able to get a few pictures of ducks and geese.  Deer wander through there too, but, alas, no moose.

Here's goose

Back to swallows.

As a child in Catholic school I learned that migrating swallows return to the Mission of San Juan Capistrano in California every year on March 19th, St Joseph's Day

~ 1 ~

on Saint Joseph's day 
swallows at Capistrano 
spring is coming 

~ 2 ~

swallows overhead
old man looks up to the sky
feels young again

 ~ 3 ~

spring morning
goose soars with the swallows
moose envies their wings

 ~ 4 ~

bird on the wing 
consumes flying insects 
spider goes hungry

 ~~( )~~

Carpe Diem #146


  1. St. Joseph's Day was a big deal in my childhood neighborhood - all the women would make special St. J's pasta by hand, and cook it all with fennel, fava beans, mostly-mashed cauliflour, and garbanzo bean...And in many homes there would be an altar of flowers, and bread and oranges, blessed by the local priest....Maybe it was just a Sicilian thing....
    Just had to reminisce for a minute

  2. That is a wonderful - and yummy - memory.


  3. haha so great to see a photo of goose!! hope we get to see moose soon ^^ great set. love the haiku about the old man connecting swallows to fond childhood mem'ries ^^

  4. Flying insects live a dangerous life. :-)

  5. Doesn't Moose know that envy is one of the Seven Deadly Sins?

  6. There is so much that moose does not know.

    But, of course, he sins occasionally.

    After all, he's only human.


  7. Beautifully composed series of haiku, all haiku so different. Thank you.

  8. I would love to see Goose dive-bombing mosquitoes along with the swallows. That would be a fearsome sight!

    Swallows Haiku

  9. I liked the way you incorporate moose and goose into your haiku . Any particular reason behind that ? Just curious :)

    In awe at your haiku skills !

  10. The picture of goose flying with those virtuoso swallows left me laughing! And I can so understand the envy thing....sin or not!

  11. Wonderful as usual, the first one with your childhood memories was really very nice. Thank you for sharing

  12. I found it fascinating that the swallows return on the same day every year and leave on the same day. What about leap years? Anyway, I bet that's amazing to see. Very much enjoyed your haiku of flight.

  13. Now a goose flying like the swallows I'd pay to see!
    Lovely set JzB :)


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