Pelicans and Reflections.

What is Haiku?

Haiku is a very old form of Japanese poetry, written in the format of three lines and consisting of no more than 17 syllables (5-7-5). Japanese haiku usually has a seasonal reference, where the more modern English-Language Haiku, which evolved from the Japanese Haiku doesn't. The English-Language haiku may consist of three lines with fewer syllables and it doesn't require a seasonal reference.

In writing haiku, one is supposed to find the 'awe' of an experience and try to convey it to others. Haiku isn't about rhyming or the use of metaphors. Rather, it's a writer's way of encouraging us to see beyond the obvious.

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Marilyn (

orr the shimmering
pond they go swimming around
feeding on the bugs

pure as the white snow
moving gracefully orr pond
soon they will take flight

By Amy (

gregarious birds
having morning ritual
ready for the day


graceful as swimmers
also graceful while in the air
not so much on land


large billed are they
food stored in large mandible
how handy that is


the young feed from pouch
they are seen swimming in groups
they are fish gathering

By Joy (

Preening Pelicans
Use lake water for their

By Sharon (

Early gathering
Before their meal scavenging
Absorb Pelicans.

By Doris (

Preening. Each morning
the pelicans preen. Do not
humans do the same?

By Marilyn (

white, calm and serene,
such elegant Pelicans,
dreams on cool water.

By Cottage Lady (

to me it occurred
what a strange looking bird
so busy with life


no time to worry
seeking fish for his diet
always in a hurry


with others of his kind
preening his soft white feathers
time to contemplate


a productive day
in our search for happiness
peace at work and play

By Pat (

morning ablutions
must be tended to before
the days fishin' trip


swooping and diving
skimming over the water
zoom into the air


over the Gulf shore
each evening they do their dance
all in formation

By susi (

Patient bird of prey
scanning generous ocean
checking the menu


sitting on a post
some for hours at a time
waiting for their food


Large and graceful bird
beauty marred by a big mouth
Some folks are the same

By Bob (

feathers are beauty
we are beautiful indeed
private salon time

By Phyllis Ann (

Primping pelicans
Ladies in a beauty shop
Checking reflections.


Preening pelicans
Readying for daily bread
Seductive to fish.

By Norma (

The Pelican Wedding

"I look fat in this!"
The bridesmaids getting dressed up.
"Straighten up your tail."

By Swampetta (

white and clean the law
spend a few hours close preening
life of waterfowl


beauty of body
graceful in air and water
mouth of ugliness


big preening party
shallow water their bathtub
formation flying


beauty of nature
pure white as the falling snow
go south for winter

By Tom (

Pelicans squabble
All complaints duly noted
Meeting is adjourned

By Diana Mercedes (

like brides in white
gathered with family
waiting on service


birds so strange
legs so straight and long
beaks so useful


gather in reunion
patiently unselfishly grooming
birds wait on others

By Brier (

Hey~get outta
my beak ya thief, you ~
fish fur me kiddos!


Pelican life
by the seashore's cool . . .


Yore bill's BIG 'nuff
ta tote a ~ great scott ~
a holy mackeral !

By Mary Carter Mizrany (

Pelican beaks can
Get those hard to reach places.
God's design had that


In mind when the bird
Was on the drawing board. How
Pelicans preen when


Their bellies are full
Gather in the shallows claim
"The fish was that big."

By Diane Mercedes (

The serenity
offerered by the crystal lake
joins the pelicans.

By Emiliano (



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