January – haibun for dVerse

We walked up the lane under the flat January sky, and stopped at the gate of the top field to watch the fieldfare feeding. At first you just see a crowd of birds, some on the ground, some fluttering just above it. After a while, you realise there’s a pattern to this: the birds are all facing the same way. The ones at the back flutter over the flock to settle at the front and feed there, and that’s happening continually, so that they gradually roll across the field. A few moments after we arrived, they suddenly all lifted up, and formed a spiralling cloud that made its way over to a neighbouring tree.

January is the month of flocks of birds. We had a great murmuration of starlings rustle over us this afternoon, and the field by the pond is white with herring gulls. Even the rooks are keeping closer together than usual. Strength in numbers at this hollow time of year.

starlings’ wings whisper
wind rattles naked seed pods
tales of the north wind

Everything’s a little out of kilter this week, but I’m trying to catch up! This is for Monday’s dVerse haibun prompt – thank you, Kim, for making me look more closely at January, and finding some beauty there.

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4 thoughts on “January – haibun for dVerse

  1. I hope your week is balanced out, Sarah, especially now that Wednesday is over. I know what it’s like to be constantly catching up. But there was no hurry to get your haibun posted, as the prompt is open until Sunday. I’m glad the prompt helped you get some perspective on January.

    The phrase ‘flat January sky’ is a perfect description at the moment, especially up here in Norfolk, as it’s been raining and windy during the night and then nothing happens during the day. I was so pleased to read about your encounter with the fieldfare – some motion in the January flatness. You’ve captured their movement beautifully in prose and haiku!

    We still have only single birds and the odd pair of pigeons, no flocks at all. I can’t wait for the first flocks to appear.

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  2. we dont get many birds where i live but your haibun reminded me of a time and moment i experienced in new zealand when the birds all huddled close, i had forgotten until just now. your haibun is like a story on its own Sarah, would be such pleasure to read this to a group of children and let them imagine its glory.

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