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Thursday, January 15, 2009

Blue Jay in Winter Haiku.

powdered snow hugs trees
shrieking blue jay breaks silence
looking for peanuts

By James R. Ure

PHOTO CREDIT: Larry Hennessy on Flickr

~Peace to all beings~

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Teresa Lynne said...

OMG! James..I didn't realize you had this blog. I found it at Riverwolf's blog.

I want to read about Buddhism but when I went to my local Books A Million there were NO books on it!

I will look forward to reading your blog and learning!


They call him James Ure said...

Dream Writer:

You didn't know I had this one? Yeah I've had it awhile with a link on the Letters blog.

That's terrible that there weren't ANY books on Buddhism at that store. Try Amazon and the used books that seller sell through them. I can recommend as many books as you can read on Buddhism. :)

Riverwolf, said...

Lovely, my friend!

EdaMommy said...

Loved it. ^_^

Barry said...

The blue jay called. Did you offer peanuts?

Nice poem, James!

They call him James Ure said...


Yes. We offer peanuts for the Blue Jays everyday on the ledge of our window. We also offer hazelnuts for the squirrel but sometimes the squirrel eats both the hazelnuts and the peanuts. I guess it's first come, first served.

Kamachari said...

Nice haiku James! I've certainly missed them.
Here's my answer to yours:

Looking for peanuts
The elephant reaks havoc
Bluejays can't compete!

Barry said...

We try to manage the take-out counter at our house, too. Many of the birds go to the feeders, which are squirrel-proof. But the ground-feeding birds like juncos - well, they have to duke it out with the squirrels. said...

Thank you for posting a REAL haiku. A true haiku captures a moment in time. This poem does that.

So many people think it's just the 5-7-5 syllable pattern, so they write something that's wrong, and simply isn't as good.

Uku said...

Peanuts rules! Nice haiku, James! Thank you.

With palms together,

Renée said...

I'm especialy thrilled by this beautiful and peaceful picture..!
Thank you, James! Have a nice day!

They call him James Ure said...


Yeah I've missed writing them. Maybe I'll make them a weekly feature. I enjoyed your response. Blue Jays can't compete indeed!!! :)



I enjoy caring for the little critters. They need a little extra help to survive.

Chasing Sanity:

Well thank-you. I'm certainly no expert but I try my best to stay true to the traditional form.

Yeah I wanted to capture the moment of the snowy morning and the blue jay breaking the snowy/gray background as it flew up to the ledge and snatched the peanuts.


Yeah the critters love them but make sure and feed them the non-salted ones. Here they call them raw peanuts. :)


It's it gorgeous!! That photography has plenty other excellent shots to check out.

I love the blue flash and noble build of the Blue Jay. A fresh brush of color on a cold snowy gray winter day did my heart good.

anonymous said...

Poetry, in any form, is probably the highest art form there is. To begin with, it doesn't cost anything, and can be attempted by anyone, regardless of social status or education. The essence of its art being that it enables people to evoke images and feelings that cannot be easily expressed in other ways.

Chasing sanity is correct that the 5-7-5 syllable format alone does not define haiku, it has to reveal a hidden image or feeling.

To get back to an earlier topic for a moment, Jefferson said that banking institutions were more dangerous than a standing army. Thus, I suspect that the US has unwittingly descended back into the feudal system of the middle ages regarding economics, despite its many financial experts and tendency to think of itself as progressive and modern.

They call him James Ure said...


I couldn't agree more that poetry is a high art and it allows capturing not just imagery of a moment but the emotions too.

Jefferson is one of my heroes and is proven more and more prophetic.

Ted Bagley said...

I heard it said that survival is no inconvenience, but sometimes goes unheard.

They call him James Ure said...



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