the raven tumbles
down the hill

—Martin Gottlieb Cohen

I saw this on an episode of PBS's "Nature" about Ravens. It was amazing to see! The Raven, smarter than Crows, Blackbirds, Magpies, and bigger too, likes to play and different cultures call it the trickster for its playfulness. The PBS program showed the Raven stealing fish from an ice trap by pulling up the line with its feet, harassing a bald eagle feeding on its prey, interfering with two bald eagles in the sky, and the absolutely amazing behavior of rolling down a snow-covered hill for the fun of it. What a bird!

Also, I thought I'd try an oblique reference to Basho's haiku:

well! let's go
snow-viewing till
we tumble! translated by Bill Higginson, in his Haiku Handbook

About the author: Martin Cohen was born in the South Bronx somewhere on Simpson Street, went to a Yeshiva on East Broadway and Canal Street, and then lived in the South of Brooklyn, the South of Long Island, The Southern Tier of Upstate New York, The South of Manhattan, and finally South Jersey in Egg Harbor.

Martin's e-mail address: martin1223 at comcast dot net

Martin also has a weblog.

Responses to the haiku for 23 December 2004 by Martin Gottlieb Cohen

    2004-12-23 00:33:31

    house door
    pet cat left
    her scratches

    bob richardson (orgbob at webtv dot net)
    2004-12-23 04:36:02

    rain viewing
    through the open window
    i stretch my hand


    all the cloud drops, come together --
    in my palm

    Dudley de Souza (ddesouza8 at hotmail dot com)
    2004-12-23 06:11:07

    The white heron's
    casual descent on
    paper-thin wings

    Kate (chrismomxyz at yahoo dot com)
    2004-12-23 13:00:51

    a new sled
    by the tree--
    watching for snow

    2004-12-23 22:48:15

    Martin, I thoroughly enjoyed
    your background as well as your

    morning sun--
    on the snowman's hat
    one black feather


    Ellen G. Olinger (ElinGrace at wi dot rr dot com)
    2004-12-24 03:22:17

    shooting stars
    prayers for peace

    2009-02-14 16:01:46

    snow forecast-
    one by one
    each tiny dancer pirouette