Carpe Diem – Hamish Gunn Rowan berries


rowan berries –
only mischievous waxwings
find their sweetness
being intoxicated
falling from the trees

© Managua Hamish Gunn

© Managua Hamish Gunn


Sorry for being a little bit flippant here, but berries attract birds – and it’s not uncommon with flocks being quite drunk, after the berries have fermented.

Bohemian Waxwing from wikipedia

Bohemian Waxwing from wikipedia


Linked to Carpe Diem

August 12, 2014

10 responses to “Carpe Diem – Hamish Gunn Rowan berries

  1. I think you found a very good angle there – different than mere description of plant…to ”wax lyrical” about something is to sing praise of it,so there’s some fun wordplay there, especially with tipsy birds!

  2. A beautiful tanka Björn so in touch with the Rowan and its magical meaning … would be a strange sight to see the intoxicated birds which have eaten from the fermented berries of the Rowan.

  3. When I was a kid, every once in a great while the deer would get absolutely smashed while eating fermented apples. Watching staggering deer — an odd mixture of humor and pity in the scene. I can only imagine what drunken waxwings would look like! o.O

    Loved the haiku 🙂

  4. Oh my … what a strange sight that must be. Loved the image which is a wonderful surprise for me … never seen birds fall out of trees drunk!

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