Blackbirds and Great Cold – Haiku – January 21, 2016


January morn
under the persimmon tree
blackbirds seek out seeds

© G.s.k. ‘16

Legend would have it that once upon a time the blackbirds were white.  One day a blackbird to cheat January, because it always treated the blackbird badly with bad weather, decided to hide all of his family until January was over, because in those days January was 28 days long thumbing his nose at January for avoiding the bad weather, and this infuriated January.  So he asked February to lend him three days
and then filled these days with a freezing blizzard causing the blackbird to have to save himself by hiding in a chimney causing him to become black from that time onward the blackbird has black feathers and is much more cautious as for January, he never bothered to give February back those three days.

in the great cold
blackbirds seek out their fortune
or seeds in the snow

© G.s.k. ‘16

 Carpe Diem #900 Daikan (Great cold) And happy 900th post to Carpe Diem Haiku Kai!

Morning Haiku and Waka – Snow Thoughts – January 30, 2015

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snow falling
this white cold dark morning
ah … blackbird days
chill winds and sombre thoughts
remembering you
when you left so suddenly
on that last snowy day

covered in white
sad moments return to mind
snow flakes


saint ice days
only the blackbirds warble
in the dead winter

at dawn
taking photographs of snow
wet socks

childhood thoughts
snowballs, sleighing and cocoa
waiting for snow
radio blares no school today
then I made a snow angel

© G.s.k. ‘15

A couple of notes – first of all the photographs were edits that I made for the One Four Challenge which I didn’t publish .. reason being a person informed me that the photos was too askew, below is the other I’d done before going for a more conventional take … the Days of the Blackbird and Saint Ice Days are two references to the coldest days of the year, the end of January and the beginning of February … The Days of the Blackbird is Italian and Saint Ice Days is German, the latter, I discovered last night when one of my English students told me and then  asked me how we referred to these days in America or England … and I had to admit that I don’t know.  If anyone does, could they please put the answer in the comments.