Half-Arsed Haiku – Tue 27 Jan 2015


(c) Sparrow, RSPB Community

On Watching From the Window

A charm of goldfinches
dotted amongst bare branches
like tiny jewels

Linked to Carpe Diem Haiku a Day  #4 Surprise

Looking out the window at the trees outside I saw about a dozen tiny birds suddenly descend – hanging like little baubles on the bare branches. It was only when I looked through binoculars I could see the amazing colours of their plumage – bright, bright red and yellow alongside black and white. Such stunning markings and so unexpected. We thought they were some sort of finches and after Googling realised they were goldfinches.  Did you know a little bundle of these birds are referred to as a charm of goldfinches?  I didn’t but the phrase suits them perfectly, they certainly are full of charm…as was the tree, now seemingly decorated with brightly coloured little jewels.



  1. Jen · January 29, 2015

    Oh, an awesome haiku — and I learned something, too — never realized the collective noun was “charm”! Very cool. Here in the US our goldfinches are slightly different — all black, white, and brilliant yellow — perhaps this summer I’ll be able to share a yellow “charm” with you. 🙂

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  2. Chèvrefeuille · January 29, 2015

    Gorgeous haiku and that photo is a real beauty …


    • TheKintsugiGirl · February 2, 2015

      Thank you so much … Can’t take any credit for the photo though, athough it is remarkable similar to the view outside!


  3. Mark M. Redfearn · January 29, 2015

    Collective nouns are cool to play with, aren’t they? Lovely!

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  4. Hamish 'Managua' Gunn · January 29, 2015

    Keep doing this – it is great writing, taking a moment from nature and releasing it to us – here beautifully described

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  5. Björn Rudberg (brudberg) · January 29, 2015

    So for Gold-finches you could say that Three’s a charm.. but two crows are attempted murder.

    Love the haiku.. deceptive

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  6. moondustwriter · January 29, 2015

    they really are living treasures thanks for sharing this haibun

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  7. TheKintsugiGirl · February 2, 2015

    Thank you guys 🙂 Still not quite sure what exactly constitutes a haibun but thanks for saying such lovely things about my accidental one, means a lot coming from you!


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