#Haikai Challenge #78 (3/23/19): swallow (tsubame) #haiku #senryu #haibun #tanka #haiga #renga

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I trust you savored your experience of equinox, haijin! Congratulations to last week’s contributors:

Haikai Challenge Participants
1. Tessa
2. Dwight L. Roth
3. Reena Saxena
4. Jules @ Strands
5. Jane Dougherty
6. Ken Gierke / rivrvlogr
7. Revived Writer
8. Linda Lee Lyberg
9. Pat R
10. Janice
11. Jim Feeney
12. Xenia Tran
13. Merril D. Smith
14. Frank J. Tassone

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It’s still cold outside. The wind swirls and roars. The chimes ring out without pause. But the bright light of a spring day remains. Sooner or later, as the days continue to warm, the returning birds of the backyard will sing.

The swallow among them:

The swallowsmartins and saw-wings, or Hirundinidae, are a family of passerinebirds found around the world on all continents, including occasionally in Antarctica. Highly adapted to aerial feeding, they have a distinctive appearance. The term Swallow is used colloquially in Europe as a synonym for the barn swallow. There are around 90 species of Hirundinidae,[1] divided into 19 genera, with the greatest diversity found in Africa, which is also thought to be where they evolved as hole-nesters.[2]They also occur on a number of oceanic islands. A number of European and North American species are long-distance migrants; by contrast, the West and South African swallows are non-migratory.

This week, write the haikai poem of your choice (haiku, senryu, haibun, tanka, haiga, renga, etc.) that states or references swallow (tsubame)

As always:

Here’s how the challenge works:

1. write the haikai poem of your choice.
2. post the link of your post to Mister Linky.
3. pingback by posting the link to the challenge on your site.
4. read and comment on other contributors’ posts.

Enjoy the swallow songs, haijin!

22 replies »

  1. Hard to swallow that I missed this linking somehow… but I’ve got the prompt now.
    And hopefully soon the words will fly 😉
    Ended up travelling a tad north (7 hours or so from home… brrr the lake has ice and there’s still snow up this way! – Now that’s hard to swallow!)

    Later today or sometime this week 🙂

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