the scarecrow: a haibun

Five years ago I put a scarecrow up in my garden….there was no crow problem but I thought it would be a fun, perhaps practical, addition. I had a ready made t-bar on hand…it could easily wear a shirt and hat.  That was it. I added no head, stuffing, or legs (what was I thinking?). Today as I gaze at the photo I am guessing the chard enjoyed the garden company, the mild buffering of sun and wind, but that was not the only result — back in 2013 there was an amusing surprise: sparrows appreciated the scarecrow.  By mid-summer they had stuffed the hat with straw and made a nest.

summer attraction

under a hat on a roost

scarecrow smiles


©️2018 Ontheland

In response to Haikai Challenge #55 Scarecrow

Source: dsdinternational on Pixabay

23 thoughts on “the scarecrow: a haibun

    1. Thank you Claudia. It was fun remembering and now I’m thinking about creating something for next year to stand in the garden not to scare but to provide company for the plants…

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  1. how unexpectedly delightful and amazing! nature and the creatures offer such ingenious solutions to things – needs must out – and talk about being practical too! How wonderful a surprise and what fun too – just for the act of creating and then seeing so much more unfold!

    Lovely piece Janice! both the scarecrow and of course, I mean, your words 🙂

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  2. What a fun surprise – smart sparrows!

    (If I mentioned about sending a photo of something to you, I’ve forgotten what it was supposed to be…)

    While in New Mexico we happened upon an art/craft festival. One stand had gourds hollowed out – some of which could be homes for birds. 🙂

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