black grackles white sky

black grackles – white sky
on the equinox

a little snow
never hurt anyone –
come back, grackles!

daguerreotype sky

Linked to Carpe Diem #690: Higan (Equinox).  Haran no Higan is a seven-day celebration of spring; Shunbun no Hi is celebrated on the actual day of the equinox.  On this day,

“To help their ancestors make the crossing, family members visit the cemetery to pray, weed graves, wash tombstones, light incense and leave flowers.  According to tradition, food, in the form of ohagi or botamochi (sweet rice balls covered with red bean paste), is left to help nourish their ancestors journey to the next world.”


SUPPOSEDLY “higan” marks the end of the mixed-up weather of pre-spring – there is a folk saying in Japan:

Atsusa samusa mo Higan ma de
[“Heat and cold last until Higan”]

Issa has a great response to this:

“fair weather by Spring’s Equinox”
so they say …

I would agree – since Peeay is going to be hit with 4 inches of snow overnight.   

sky before snow march

BUT!  Here are some other haiku about the equinox.  The first is by Santoka Taneda:

walking on and on
among the endless
blooming higan flowers  

And here is one by Bandit William Sorlien:

a lone crow
pensive on its perch
spring equinox

Plus, this is an Aki Higan (autumn equinox) haiku by Gabi Greve for the folks in the Southern Hemisphere:

autumn equinox –
the dead old relatives
visit my dream

And finally, here is a haiku from our host Chèvrefeuille:

celebrating the sun
with narcissus flowers in my hair –
Spring Equinox

Shitao. Daffodils, 1694. Wikipaintings.

Shitao. Daffodils, 1694. WikiArt.

What’s my big deal with grackles?

We have rumbling grackles & crows – a la “West Side Story”.

And grackles are LOUD en masse!

And before anyone calls these birds unfortunate, unkind names – I like them and have grown to accept them as a ritual of spring.  And how often does a haiku roost in your yard?  Exactly.

grackles against clouds and contrails




37 thoughts on “black grackles – white sky (haiga)

  1. How odd to find you still predicting four inches of snow! That all seems like years ago (then again, over here we didn’t have snow this winter, so… it was lol)

    I don’t think I’ve seen your daffodil haiga before – so subtle, so beautifully crafted (to borrow a word from you) 🙂


    • Wow … this does feel like ages ago … especially with it being 94 degrees today, LOL! “Beautifully crafted … ” — guess I have signature phrases …. like “own it”! 😀

      Thanks Blake 🙂


      • 94 degrees?! Boy, even from under all this English cloud cover and gusty wind, I’m not sure I envy you that 😛

        It’s good to have a trademark stylistic flourish in your repertoire, hey – like a familiar smile you meet again 🙂

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        • Cool – I’ll think of it as a flourish or a smile, then 😉

          Still around 90 today…. Sigh…. Envying that English cloud cover!!!


        • “Envying that English cloud cover” – ah if I was to quote you to people here, there would be puzzled looks, an expletive or two… 🙂

          I hope you’re not struggling too much with those 90 degree days :S


        • LOL!!! No doubt, no doubt … I can hear it too … ! (Those crazy Americans … LOL!)
          Still struggling with the temperatures here … ugh!


    • You’re very welcome, Chevrefeuille – thanks for the encouragement – it’s always a bit nerve-wracking o.O
      Very glad you liked the post too 🙂


  2. I had to look up grackles! It’s amazing – we think the world is shrinking with the internet and globalisation, and yet there are common or garden birds across the pond I’ve never heard of! We do have grockles here in the UK, though, who seem quite similar…

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    • Ah…. I’d never heard of a “grockle” before … had to look that up! So we’ve both learned something! Yes, I guess these fellow *are* sort of like obnoxious tourists at times! LOL!

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  3. I’m sorry that your “carnations for daffodils” haiku isn’t here:
    such a clever way of saying Spring has come: we no longer need storebought flowers [ carnations, a typical flower from gas stations and grocery stores] as the ones outdoors [ at present daffs, but soon many more] are now ready for picking and decorating the graveyard. .

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