Poetry – Haiku – Silence Snow Sifted – A Poem by Goff James


A poem inspired by Mark S. @ Naturalist Weekly Prompt – referencing ‘a bird in your local area’

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Poem Attribution – Goff James – Silence Snow Sifted

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Painting Attribution © Richard Morris, Pheasant in Winter, 2010

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Spotlight Writing Challenge – Haiku or Senryū –Micro-Season: “The Pheasant First Calls” – Prompt Reference ‘a bird that is currently residing in your area’ – Hosted by Mark S. @ Naturalist Weekly

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We have entered the micro-season of “The Pheasant First Calls”. This is the third micro-season of the mini-season Minor Cold. All the micro-seasons within Minor Cold are:

These seasons were established in 1685 by Japanese astronomer Shibuka Shunkai and are specific to Japan. However, just because the calendar focuses on Japan doesn’t mean it isn’t applicable to others. No matter where you live you can use these seasons as a starting point for your personal exploration of the world around you.

To celebrate this season, we will learn about pheasants and read haiku by Basho, Issa, and Buson.


The term “pheasant” refers to about 50 different species of birds within the Galliformes order.  Birds in this order are described as heavy, ground-feeding…

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