The Kingfisher – Haibun Thinking

AnElephantCant forget his USA trip
He loved to walk by the mighty Columbia River
Quite often entranced
Then quite by chance
He finds a memory that stays with him forever

AnElephant once again launches his one pachyderm assault on this great weekly challenge hosted by his friend Al.
Please take a moment to check out this page to see some superb interpretations of the Japanese Haibun, a literary form which explores the relationship between the human experience and nature.
This week as his prompt AnElephant chooses this beautiful photograph by Al.

Copyright A Mixed Bag

Copyright A Mixed Bag

The Kingfisher

It is late January in Washington State.
The sky is cloudless, the weather unseasonably warm; to a Scot, no more than ‘bracing’.
He walks along the south bank of the broad but tranquil Columbia River, towards the gently setting sun.
Joe Cocker is rasping through his head phones.
Life is good, he thinks, when he suddenly sees a flash of electric blue low over the water and close to the bank.
He stops, unsure of what caught his eye.
A lady with binoculars is coming towards him.
He switches off his music and describes to her what he saw.
A kingfisher, she tells him, surprised that he did not hear its loud and distinctive call.
He is shamefaced, indicates his ear pieces.
She smiles and walks on.
He never wears them there again, but that first magic moment is lost forever.

no man-made sound
can ever match
the perfection of nature

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9 Responses to The Kingfisher – Haibun Thinking

  1. aloha AnElephantCant. well spoken. exactly caught that moment. i like that. i also remember the first time i spotted a kingfisher. i could not take my eyes off it. it was actually in a tree. it took me a time to figure out what it was. i was most likely in junior high. or younger. in Washington State no less. ha. a treat all over again. fun. aloha.


  2. Anja says:

    Ahhhh with haibun I know I am safe 🙂
    A kingfisher is a beauty!!! I hope you were able to fully enjoy another siting of one.


  3. julespaige says:

    We do indeed depend on too many electronic devices.
    I’m here this week (freestyle):


  4. Brenda says:

    I saw a Great Blue Heron leap into flight from a river. It’s wings stirred the air, and I felt the breeze of it pass over my head. Alas, it was silent except for the beating of its wings.


  5. Good point. I never bring music when I hike in the woods and I’m a bit annoyed at the people that walk with blaring radios at their belts. There’s no music like the symphony of nature.


  6. What you describe is the reason when i walk I don’t wear ear phones as I like to hear the morning sounds even the drone of the traffic. Well stated good sir.


  7. You have captured it nicely anyway, even without hearing it.
    Beautifully written


  8. Al says:

    Wow that sounds like it was a beautiful thing to see. I would love to witness something like that. That is true beauty


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