Kiji (pheasant)

9 Mar


Birds amid Plum and Bamboo

Dogs scamper around and the pheasants cry out as they tried to escape. It is their cry which actually dooms them, alerting the hunters of their presence and location. The shotgun`s wide range of spray makes it easy to hit the large bird.

For this reason the Japanese have a saying: KIJI MO NAKAZUBA UTAREMAI ( 雉も鳴かずば打たれまい), which literally means that the pheasant would not be shot if it didnt cry, and which is used when one wants to say- There is no-one to blame but yourself –TsukuBlog

Warning of danger

sudden crying of pheasants

hunter stands ready


8 Responses to “Kiji (pheasant)”

  1. kz March 9, 2013 at 7:08 pm #

    thoroughly enjoyed this! wonderful haibun and very informative too

  2. WabiSabi March 9, 2013 at 10:10 pm #

    I loved this haibun! Perfectly balanced prose and poetry!

  3. yepiratehere March 10, 2013 at 3:35 am #

    REALLY liked this haibun very much – wonderful presentation, and strong haiku

  4. JazzBumpa March 10, 2013 at 9:38 am #

    And well done


  5. Björn Rudberg (brudberg) March 10, 2013 at 1:51 pm #

    Very good haibun, and I loved that saying. Pheasant sounds all the time around where I live, and I see them when bicycling to work later in spring,

  6. Mark M. Redfearn March 10, 2013 at 2:06 pm #

    Sad, very sad…

    Origami Pheasant

  7. jrbsays March 10, 2013 at 7:03 pm #

    Thank you for sharing this haibun. I feel a little wiser from my visit 🙂

  8. nightlake March 12, 2013 at 8:05 pm #


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