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Favourite Bird

mystic some say wise--
nature’s predator....
my place mouse free

© Harry J Horsman  2010

Copyright © | Year Posted 2010

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Date: 8/16/2012 9:47:00 PM
Good one about that awesome creature of the night. I like to fancy myself a night owl, since I stay up so dang late!!
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Date: 12/15/2010 3:56:00 PM
The three sixty special is the Owl. One of natures gems, koolio Haiku Harry >> James :)
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Date: 11/16/2010 7:24:00 AM
wow,,, The bird must have a full stomach if your field of place is mouse free... Enjoyed the haiku, Harry! Yes I see you have nothing new,, Still comeing here to enjoy a poem or so,,, have a nice one,..p.d.
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Date: 10/21/2010 6:41:00 PM
That is succinct. All we need is the picture. Nice wit at the end. Thanks, Harry and warm regards from Gerard.
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Date: 10/20/2010 8:59:00 PM
must be a wise old owl to catch the mice so well!take care~Deb
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Date: 10/20/2010 2:35:00 PM
Glad that you have a bird that takes care of the rodent problem...Must be a wonderful pleasure to see the bird in flight..Wonder is it a Hawk, Falcon, Bald Eagle..Enjoyed ...Glad that I chose this one to read this afernoon..Thanks for stopping by and commenting on my work...Sara
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Date: 10/20/2010 9:23:00 AM
Cont'd--Who is to say that a haiku should be ONLY done a certain way? The great haiku artist Basho, contradicted himself hundreds of times throughout his lifetime, concerning how haiku should be written. But forget about Basho....everyone else did it in their own way, with their own beliefs on the form. Who is right in the end? In the end, it is up to you to validate your own haiku....analyze your haiku and sincerely ask yourself if it seems like one.
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Date: 10/20/2010 9:20:00 AM
I disagree with Debbie below lol! 17 syllables was ONLY meant for Japanese syllables. 17 English syllables can equate to as much as 31 Japanese syllables(almost double what it should be). Don't try to over-analyze wot Haiku is for an English speaking person....figure out the rules, but then add your own personal flavour to it. All of the great Haiku masters, revered the discipline of the past, but were always changing their style and own rules.
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Date: 10/20/2010 8:20:00 AM
see here in your verse there are 3 images 1) the mystic man or owl 2) the predator 3) the mice, I see at 15 syllables you may have come to the same conclusion re: 17 or less! Light & Love
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Date: 10/20/2010 8:15:00 AM
Hi Harry ;) I decided to accept the 17 english syllable haiku format premise, since after much research I feel it makes the most sense, I did realise it was 5/6/6 =17 as i see the concept of a singular image and verse as meditation/prayer is the most important thing to translate without "ruining" the Japanese concept which they consider an art form. Once we "English" speakers can do that, then perhaps we can feel free to alter their art form. (-- or .... indicate cuting lines 1 cut is "normal")
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Date: 10/20/2010 7:57:00 AM
Native Americans are among the cultures who revered owls. I had one that used to sing me to sleep when I lived in Tallahassee, FL. I'd saved it from a hawk when it was a baby. Later, I learned they are not only great at catching mice, but they are also very loyal birds. Your poem reminded me of my ever-singing barn owl, Harry, so it is a favorite. Love, Carolyn
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