Haiku For Carpe Diem #225, Kawasemi (Kingfisher)

Kawesemi (Kingfisher) is the Carpe Diem Haiku prompt today.

A pair of Haibun fledged today…

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Image Credits

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)…

Sacred Kingsfisher
flickering through my garden
turquoise wings flash

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Image by Lip Kee

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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About jrbsays

Just a regular married father of three type of guy. Writer of Haiku, founder of www.DementiaJourneys.com and other bits and other bobs.
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14 Responses to Haiku For Carpe Diem #225, Kawasemi (Kingfisher)

  1. WabiSabi says:

    What a fabulous read tonight! I loved the depth added by your prose. And you are so blessed to have those gorgeous turquoise birds in your yard! Thanks for sharing them with us!Kingfisher

    • jrbsays says:

      Thank you Wabi, we are indeed blessed with the visitors to our garden. With the exception of all Cane Toads and some snakes perhaps 😉

  2. Maggie Grace says:

    Bravo! Exquisite haiku and enjoyed your story too. Flash of turquoise in your garden. *sigh* Amazing in Australia.

    • jrbsays says:

      Thank you Grace, it was interesting how the Haibun just came from my fingers to the keyboard whilst preparing the haiku today.
      The turquoise isn’t the only colour zipping around the garden what with the Lorikeets, Gallahs, Cockatoos (etc.), but their wings shimmer when they fly like no other.
      I still do a double take when I see the wonders here, even after 16 years living in Aus’ 🙂

  3. tigerbrite says:

    Enjoyed your interesting post:) How wonderful to have kingfishers in your garden! I have only ever seen one, it was at Frensham Pond (Surrey, England) when I lived there years ago. Here we have blackbirds nesting, nightingales and hoopoes amongst many kinds of tits, robins etc. The birdsong in Spring up to the end of June is amazing. Lovely work.

  4. Ow, you have made my day with such excellent haibun. Lovely romantic story for added measure

  5. magicalmysticalteacher says:

    I would think that I had stumbled upon something sacred were I to behold (which I have never done) a kingfisher.

    Kingfisher Morning

  6. Kingfishers in your garden and mythology.. delightful haiku … really very good.

  7. 4joyjoanne says:

    Isn’t it grand, watching nature in flight?…Your post today was as good as it gets – enjoyed it so very much….

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