“Haiku” of Birds

less than ten feet away

the blackbird gathers

the twigs unhurried

 

tiny house sparrow,

puffs up his chest

and sings triumphant

 

the collared dove

feels not a chain

and coos rhythmically

 

green woodpeckers

smack their heads

until their eyes see spots

 

the buzzard soars

harried by crows

crying out injustice

 

a carrion crow

caws out a destiny

while the jackdaw laughs

 

the blue jay flashes

a royal blue flag

leaving a memento

 

the rook leaves

his castle at knight

a stark soliloquy

 

the raven laughs

at human folly

up on vulture peak

 

a tawny owl

chills the blood

always at midnight

 

the red kite soars

whispering the angst

of an inner vision

 

a sparrow hawk

faster than lightning,

swoops electric

 

a golden eagle

sweeps the sky

cleansing the way

 

and the robin

calls upon the sun

for to make dawn