I imagine something has just startled the bitterns, causing them to stand perfectly still with necks stretched upwards in order to blend with the marsh vegetation, effectively making them 'become' reeds. But I wonder what secret is being kept…it's an intriguing first line. What could the birds have witnessed in the marshland? The reader is left to imagine a narrative.
Wonderful poem! And they are fantastic at camouflage aren't they! I love the line break!
Never seen a bittern in the wild, so I'm envious, but have had haiku published in the fantastic illustrated Inking Bitterns (Gert Macky Books December, 2013) ISBN-10: 0992678315 ISBN-13: 978-0992678319.
my lifeline speckled
in leaf light
Does Fish-God Know (YTBN Press 2012)
a clue to everything
lies with the crows