Kawesemi (Kingfisher) is the Carpe Diem Haiku prompt today.
A pair of Haibun fledged today…
In the spring and summer months, our wooded garden comes alive with the sights and sounds of native birds doing their thing. Amongst our regular visitors are the Sacred Kingfishers who make their nest in a termite mound on the side of an iron bark tree.
During this time, from the corner of one’s eye, you’ll see flashes of turquoise like the sun light glistening on the clear waters of the swimming pool (ok, usually clear waters)…
flickering through my garden
turquoise wings flash
Halcyon was the wife of Ceyx who drowned in a storm journeying to visit the oracle of Apollo in Delphi. When Morpheus, the god of dreams, told Halcyon of her husband’s death she rushed to the coast and on finding Ceyx’s body threw herself into the waves so as to join him in death. Amazed at such devotion, the gods turned Halcyon and Ceyx into Kingfishers so they could once more live together. But greek mythology is never that simple…
Zeus decreed that the birds should only lay eggs in winter, close to where Ceyx’s body was found. However Halcyon’s tears touched Zeus, so he gave her 14 days of good weather around the winter solstice to allow the couple to keep their eggs safe – their Halcyon Days.
feathering their nest
kingfishers thank the gods for
those halcyon days
Well that was a surprise, I set out to write some haiku and found two Haibun. I do hope you enjoyed this little diversion into my garden and a greek beach.
Smiles, love and laughter
© John Belchamber 2013
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