birds in garden, dogs

Watching the Birds …

Well, it’s Spring in Australia, and in the garden, Spring means lots of new things are coming along, both plants and creatures. One of the things I’ve been noticing much more than usual is young birds …

I’ve seen various birds doing their natural thing, courting, mating, nesting. And now I’m noticing the baby birds first, and now the adolescent birds. One bird species in particular has connected with me, and I was thrilled to see a pair of Willie Wagtails building a nest, and then obviously having laid eggs in the nest. The nest is only a couple of metres from where I park my car, and I’ve been thrilled to see the pair of birds taking turns at sitting on the nest.

About a fortnight ago, three baby Willie Wagtails could be seen in the nest, and then, a couple of days ago, they took flight! They didn’t fly very far, and they are still hanging around not too far from where that nest was that was their first home. These babies slowly  growing their tail feathers, practising their flying, and learning to wag their little tails!

I’m thrilled these little babes are living in and around our backyard, where I can see them and their parents whenever I go out of the backyard! I love seeing Nature so close to me, and I wish this family of lovely birds well! I don’t think there is anyone who doesn’t love these cheeky-seeming little birds!

Anyway, I have finally written a poem about these little new residents in the yard, and here it is, a little Haiku poem for the little baby birds:

Keeping watch
Willie Wagtail
babies all flown the nest –
parents still care …
I will go on watching this family of birds, and I hope they keep on staying around. I am worried though that Missy, our dog, might decide to make a snack of one of the baby birds. They are getting better at flying though, so I hope they will be able to keep on flying high above Missy’s reach, so they can stay safe. Missy usually only goes outside if someone goes outside too, and that means we can keep watch. I hope that will be enough.
At the moment, Missy seems mostly interested in hunting for, I suppose snakes … She hunts around the fence line, where there is some grass, and sheets of fencing panels, where snakes could be hiding. I so hope she doesn’t ever catch a snake, I don’t want to lose our beautiful and silly hound. But she’s a hunter through and through, and she doesn’t listen to us when the hunt is on …

Haiku in the Backyard

I put this post heading up some months ago,and I can’t remember what I had intended writing haiku about, or even if there was anything in particular I’d been thinking about. But in there backyard, there are so many different things that I could turn into haiku moments.

There are plants with flowers or with fruit, or just with leaves of many different shades of green. There are many different kinds of birds and insects, all doing their own bird or insect things. There are the occasional aircraft passing by overhead, compliments of the Australian Air Force, and there are the clouds also passing by overhead, compliments of Nature. I say thank you for all of these things, and I hope to write some haiku or possibly senryu about whatever I think will work as haiku prompts …

Haiku is a particular form of poetry, created in Japan, and adopted happily by us Westerners. It’s a short form of poetry, usually three lines, and with fewer than 17 syllables. The first and last lines are the shortest ones, with the middle line longer. In the past and sometimes still now, the syllable counts are 5 – 7 -5. This is based on Japanese characters though, and not on English language syllables, and the two languages are quite different. The important thing to remember is that a haiku should  be a short poem, talking about a particular moment, and aiming at creating an aha! moment in the reader or listener’s mind.

There is a lot more information about this intriguing poetic form available on the internet, this is a good link to examine, or this one. Anyway, I feel the more you look into haiku, the more you will understand what it is, and how you may be able to write your own, or to write better haiku, if you already write it. It also helps you to understand what the haiku poet is trying to do. I hope all of this may assist with the writing of new haiku for me, and the understanding of of my haiku for my readers. So here goes:

Autumn clouds –

Orion plane flies behind

in front and through




Breezeless day –

only birds and cast off leaves





Blue sky in west –

seeing the future

of dry washing




OK, so there are a few new haiku, I’d love to know what you think about this poetic form, and how you feel about these new haiku of mine. Please leave a comment, and let me know!


NaPoWriMo Day 12 A Senryu Poem

Senryu is a form of Japanese poetry, very similar to haiku. That is, it’s a short poem, generally three lines, and it has few words. Haiku are generally about Nature, whereas senryu are more likely to be about people, or a persons thoughts about something.

So, today, I was driving to my mother’s house for a visit and I saw something that made me think about what I had seen. My thoughts joined together and after driving a few kilometres further, I pulled over and wrote down this little verse.


motorcyclist racing next to train line

raising dust

and raising questions


So there it is. It may not be much, but it tells about what I saw and thought about, on seeing the dust and the person on the motorbike. Any thoughts from others concerning this gratefully received!