a trend in chaos


I throw open the drapes this cold morning. Local harbingers of spring are out inspecting the yard. I haven’t seen robins for several days. Today they have left high places in the trees…despite gale force winds, snow and freezing temperatures, grubs must be rising to the surface. I peer at the tree next to the house. It’s still grey. I take a photo and enlarge it with my fingers. The bare limbs are knobbly, spears at the tips lead into the light.

counting days…
above shifting shadows
branches look dormant
nothing seems to change
yet spring unfolds.


A haibun for dVerse.

©2018 Ontheland

22 thoughts on “a trend in chaos

    1. I did some reading about robins lately because I was surprised to see a number of them around in winter this year. Apparently they don’t necessarily go south for warmer climates if there is enough food, such as berries, here. Their feathers keep them warm. It is nevertheless amazing and I still wonder how the little birds are surviving in mid-winter.


  1. The signs are sometimes subtle. You’ve captured it well. I had also read that robins don’t always migrate. I hadn’t noticed too many of them until the other day right before the last storm. There were four of them in the street as I was driving somewhere, and then when I got home, there more in my yard.

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