Spring passes
and the birds cry out—tears
in the eyes of fishes

Japanese

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Hush, cawing birds; what rackets you make:
heaven's
indignant messengers ...
you remind me of wordsmiths!
Ō no Yasumaro (circa 711), loose translation by Michael R. Burch

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The behaviour of the pigeon

is beyond reproach,

but the mountain cuckoo?

Buson

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Must springtime fade?

then cry all birds . . .

and fishes

Cold pale eyes pour tears

Basho

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Thank you yoko for this lovely thread.

vivid green cedar
against winter's bare oak tree
red bird sits alone

©Donna Jones

I am enlarging one of your lovely images,
but sorry I can't get rid of this blurry image.



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out of heaven

still glittering

the hummingbird

Larry Gates



Thank you Vicky and Inda.








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The hummingbird is beautiful.

Thank you yoko.

 

by D.H. Lawrence

I can imagine, in some otherworld
Primeval-dumb, far back
In that most awful stillness, that only gasped and hummed,
Humming-birds raced down the avenues.

Before anything had a soul,
While life was a heave of matter, half inanimate,
This little bit chipped off in brilliance
And went whizzing through the slow, vast, succulent stems.

I believe there were no flowers then,
In the world where the humming-bird flashed ahead of creation.
I believe he pierced the slow vegetable veins with his long beak.

Probably he was big
As mosses, and little lizards, they say, were once big.
Probably he was a jabbing, terrifying monster.

We look at him through the wrong end of the telescope of Time,
Luckily for us.

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You can help migratory birds:

Protect their habitat in your community and yard.

Reduce hazards  to birds. Avoid pesticide use, make windows safer and supervise your pets when outside.

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Talking of migratory birds, I read this in Canadian Wildlife:

Migratory birds are good indicators of the health of the environment because they are relatively easy to study - what is bad for birds is often bad for humans.

The topic is getting off bird haiku, but these facts are good to know.

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Pale pink reflections
On a blackbird’s glossy wing
Springtime cherry tree.

Japanese saying

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 bird-catcher may have thrown away

His pole, hearing a cuckoo's sweet song.



Japanese

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All kinds have arrived back from the south. It is nice to hear their song when I walk to work in the morning.

Thank you yoko for the lovely topic.

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You are right, the birds are back and it is nice to hear them singing and communicating with each other.

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“...as the slow sea sucked at the shore and then withdrew, leaving the strip of seaweed bare and the shingle churned, the sea birds raced and ran upon the beaches. Then that same impulse to flight seized upon them too. Crying, whistling, calling, they skimmed the placid sea and left the shore. Make haste, make speed, hurry and begone; yet where, and to what purpose? The restless urge of autumn, unsatisfying, sad, had put a spell upon them and they must flock, and wheel, and cry; they must spill themselves of motion before winter came.” 
― Daphne du Maurier, The Birds and Other Stories

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“The sparrow is sorry for the peacock at the burden of its tail.” 
― Tagore, Amitendranath

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Spring departs.
Birds cry
Fishes’ eyes are filled with tears

I like to wash,
the dust of this world
In the droplets of dew.

Sparrow, spare
The horsefly
Dallying in flowers.

Basho Matsuo

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