after the ceremony gossiping jackdaws

22 Responses

  1. Shrikaanth Krishnamurthy Says:

    Lovely Marion- so typical of jackdaws and the crow family

  2. seaviewwarrenpoint Says:

    Thanks, Shrikaanth – yes, they are social birds and they also seem to like a good natter! :)


  3. Magyar Says:

    Nifty Marion, I can hear your jackdaws "loudly criticizing" what they had just seen. Smiles_! _m

    two crows discuss
    perched on this well used harrow
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  4. seaviewwarrenpoint Says:

    Thank you for your thoughts, Magyar – and your crow ku :)


  5. Norah Says:

    Love this Marion. So good ?

  6. seaviewwarrenpoint Says:

    Thank you, Norah :)


  7. Alan Summers Says:

    I adore the gossip of all birds, and in particular, the various members of the crow family:

    after the ceremony gossiping jackdaws


    Wonderful play as sure the birds will have something to say about a ceremony, and guessing this might be a wedding ceremony it might be on the quality and quantity of rice thrown at the bridal couple. :-)
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    out of the lebanon cedar
    a discussion of crows

    Alan Summers
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  8. seaviewwarrenpoint Says:

    Thank you, Alan.

    This could indeed have been a wedding, but was in fact after a funeral mass. I noticed it from my office window which overlooks the church across the street. Most of the guests were in black and were standing in the road behind the hearse chatting as they waited to follow the funeral procession to the end of the street. On the lawn in front of my office was this group of birds who looked like they were mimicking the people. Although it was a sad occasion for those present, as an onlooker it was darkly amusing.

  9. chief276 Says:

    Beautiful, Marion. I love the way you let the reader define the ceremony. And "gossip" is a wonderful choice.

    Bill K

  10. seaviewwarrenpoint Says:

    Thank you, Bill. I'm delighted you enjoyed it and pleased now that I didn't state the ceremony. :)


  11. Theresa C. Says:


    Spot on view and comment about typical social behavior — that of the birds and the people at the ceremony. Enjoyed this!


  12. seaviewwarrenpoint Says:

    Thank you, Theresa.

    BTW I've just realised that I referred to those attending the funeral as 'guests', but I'm not sure that this is the correct term? :O


  13. seaviewwarrenpoint Says:

    Mourners – it ought to be mourners! *rolls eyes*

  14. haikuapprentice Says:

    So evocative Marion. Just 5 words, and each one perfectly selected for the poetic experience – bringing maximum opportunity for the audience to engage and interpret, while remaining true to the originating encounter. And I really appreciate the wry observation of human nature.

    This is a truly great haiku, worthy of a comparison with Issa. Wonderful poetry – thanks for sharing.


  15. seaviewwarrenpoint Says:

    Hi Strider, I can't believe I'm only just seeing your response now!!!!

    Thank you so much for your highly complimentary words … I am honoured. :)


  16. hammerandtongs Says:

    Doesn't matter what the ceremony, jackdaws (humans) will gossip.

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