dVerse Poets Haibun Monday

I want to believe in tenderness that’s gentle as a candle, tender as a single vine growing up a tree, the sweet tones of a sparrow’s song, but I can’t stop looking at those crows across the street, balanced like pegs on a telephone line, and clawing at the roof ridges, clinging to the bare tree limbs. And they’re looking down at me. Crows, ready to eat anything that falls dead from a tree, anything hit by a car and flattened on the road, a badger here or a pigeon there, anything stuck to the ground, supermarket discarded cabbages, carrots, or bits of Sunday’s carvery. And fear keeps my hands clenched in my pockets and my hat on my head. Don’t run. Don’t run. They’ll think it’s all fun, and take wing, to chase, to catch ones prey, and they’re calling out with their chainsaw voices. And I can’t stop looking at those crows looking at me.

Memento mori
Grey mists and a crow’s feast
A few bones to pick at

for dVerse Poets Haibun Monday “fear”. Photo by Anton Ivanov on Unsplash. Shared with #APoemADay on Twitter   ©Misky 2021

18 responses to “dVerse Poets Haibun Monday”

  1. chainsaw voices! 👏👏👏

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  2. What a great image to accompany a stomach turning (in a great way) bit of prose!!!!

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  3. Hitchcock would have been jealous of this.


  4. Oh well done, like a scene straight out of Hitchcock’s “Birds”! Great haibun, Misky.


  5. particularly liked “chainsaw”

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  6. Super eerie. Yes, this haibun gives me the goosebumps.


  7. Very spooky! Beautifully written.


  8. Oh yes. I had a summer of bird fear when the movie came to town.


  9. I love this fear… and the use of “memento mori”… perfect

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  10. Wonderful depiction of the mighty crow. Chainsaw voices indeed. And how they look and look and look at us. Good one.


  11. Beware birds with foul purpose!


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