My dear feathered friend
Fearlessly hops towards me
crumbs around my feet.

Red-breasted glory
You grace me with your presence
Posing with patience

Kind, gentle spirit
Onyx eyes piercing my soul
Song cossets my heart.

ยฉAnnika Perry, April 2021

103 thoughts on “FEATHERED FRIEND

  1. Mike

    Great photos Annika which go very well with your poem which describes the bird perfectly. Was the robin really that close to you?

    1. Thank you so much, Mike! ๐Ÿ˜€ After many different attempts, I felt the form of the haiku fitted the cutest of small birds! Yes, the robin was this closer and even closer at one stage hopping between my feet! Precious moment!๐Ÿ˜€

  2. Lovely photos, Annika. I find it challenging to capture photos of birds. โ€œOnyxโ€ is a wonderful word to describe his eyes. A beautiful poem! Reading through the comments, I learn this is an โ€œEnglishโ€ robin. A feathered friend new to me. Thank you for sharing.xxโค๏ธ

    1. Thank you so much, Erica! You should see the ‘disaster’ of photos of all my previous attempts to capture small birds. They are almost impossible for amateurs and if this robin hadn’t been so patient I wouldn’t have had a chance!๐Ÿ˜€ The eyes are mesmerising black and onyx seemed to fit perfectly. Yes, the English Robin is very different from the American Robin, not sure what you have in Canada? This one is so cute and we have a local friendly one in the garden which enjoys a brief chat!โค๏ธ

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    1. Joyce, thank you so much! ๐Ÿ˜€ I don’t have much capturing good photos of the smaller birds and was proud of these – but I did have a very patient sitter!

    1. Ahhh … Andrea, I love how you see my haikus as an ode to the robin! The bird deserves one! It means a lot that you feel I’ve captured the characteristics of this sweet bird. Thank you!

    1. Thank you so much, Mary Ann and always a joy to share in the magic of wildlife! It was a special time and the haikus seemed to fit the moment and bird perfectly! Thank you for inspiring me with your poetic works! ๐Ÿ˜€๐ŸŒบ

      1. Annika, thank you for the insightful comment. My blog this week has a noise-filled bird our son listened to and filmed in his backyard wooded area. I agree that haikus are enjoyable and certainly fit the moment. Be well and let inspiration fire your creativity. oxox ๐ŸŒบ๐ŸŒบ

    1. Aww … Diana, Iโ€™m glad my post helped your start your day with brightness and joy, along with the song of your own birds! They are little blessings indeed and always feel they are trying to teach me about life! Not sure how Iโ€™m doing with the lessons though! ๐Ÿ˜€

    1. Thank you so much, Jan! ๐Ÿ˜€ I was proud of the photos, but all down to the sitter! It is not easy capture these small birds on camera (well, for me at least). It means a lot that you found the haikus exquisite… thank you! ๐Ÿ™ ๐Ÿ˜€

    1. Liz, your lovely comment has me beaming! ๐Ÿ˜€ Yes, it was very gracious of Mr Robin indeed and not quite sure why he was so patient and kind but I made the most of the time! Soon afterwards I started scribbling prose and poetry to try and capture the magic of the moment! Wishing you a wonderful weekend, my friend!

      1. Thank you, Annika! My husband and I took a road trip to Vermont yesterday so that I could get some inspiration of photos for the novel I’m working on. I’m very happy with them. I hope your weekend is going well!

    1. Lauren, warmest thanks for your lovely comment … the Robin is so adorable and sweet … and very kind to give so much of his time to me! ๐Ÿ˜€ Have a great weekend! Xx

    1. And this was the friendliest Robin I’ve ever come across! ๐Ÿ˜€ We met in the corner of a stately home garden in Cambridgeshire! Cosset is not a word I use often … but may do more so now! Hope you’re having a lovely week, Pam! โค๏ธ

    1. Jennifer, thank you so much for your wonderful comment and I’m glad you enjoyed my post so much! I tried a few writing formats about the Robin but coming back to the haiku – as you say, it fits the little Robin perfectly! ๐Ÿ˜€

        1. Just found this: ‘The American robin is a migratory songbird of the true thrush genus and Turdidae, the wider thrush family. It is named after the European robin because of its reddish-orange breast, though the two species are not closely related, with the European robin belonging to the Old World flycatcher family.’

    1. Brad, thank you so much! ๐Ÿ˜€ We were on our first trip away for nearly two years and came across the friendly robin in the gardens of a stately home … a very special moment! I just had to share about it here!๐Ÿ˜€

    1. Good Morning, Neil! I’m happy my poem directed your attention to the morning chorus of your birdlife … the perfect way to start the day! ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€ Have a lovely weekend!

    1. Thank you, Gwen – I was overjoyed with this visit of the friendly robin on a recent trip! Yeah! It’s great to add to one’s vocabulary – I bet you’ll keep seeing cosset everywhere now!

      It’s been a wonderful day with my first trip to the coast in nearly two years, lots of more birdlife including a swan on its nest. Amazing!

      Have a special and peaceful weekend! xx

      1. Thank you so much, Marje! ๐Ÿ˜€ I did look at other poems about Robins, many which I liked but they didn’t portray quite the connection I experienced during this visit so thought best write my own!๐Ÿ˜€

    1. Thank you so much, Jill! ๐Ÿ˜€ We are all very well thankfully! My husband and I recently back from our first trip away in 21 months and this is where the robin befriended me in the gardens of a stately home! Wishing you a wonderful weekend! xx

  4. Dear Annika, I just saw your post now and felt my heart melt and be at one with
    this beautiful Robin. Both proud and sweet. Did you take the photo?

    Your three Tanka are perfect. They show love for your feathered friend and and attention to what he gives. You are so right about the onyx eyes.โ™ฅ๏ธ.


      1. Dear SoundEagle, thank you for your lovely comment and how wonderful that you adore robins so much as well! Miriam is always very generous with her words and they mean a lot to me, particularly from such a gifted poet!

        Wishing you a wonderful May, Spring is arriving slowly for us here! ๐Ÿ˜€

    1. Awww … thank you so much, Miriam! ๐Ÿ˜€ I am glad my poems and photo touched you so deeply and you feel I’ve captured the Robin! I have always loved this bird, a regular visitor in the garden at home but I took this photo whilst away on my first trip away for the first time in nearly two years. I was astounded at its calm nature and kindly flying to a perfect branch for photo session!

      It was incredible to gaze into its onyx eyes for such a long time … an intense form of communication!

      Wishing you a wonderful weekend, my friend! xx โค๏ธ

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