Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Carpe Diem #178, Pigeon (provided by Cathy)

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Today another nice prompt provided by Cathy of Haiku Plate Special Today we share haiku on pigeon. Pigeons and doves constitute the bird clade Columbidae, that includes some 310 species. They are stout-bodied birds with short necks, and have short, slender bills with fleshy ceres. Doves feed on seeds, fruits, and plants. This family occurs worldwide, but the greatest variety is in the Indomalaya and Australasia ecozones.
In general, the terms "dove" and "pigeon" are used somewhat interchangeably. In ornithological practice, "dove" tends to be used for smaller species and "pigeon" for larger ones, but this is in no way consistently applied, and historically, the common names for these birds involve a great deal of variation between the terms. The species most commonly referred to as "pigeon" is the Feral Rock Pigeon, common in many cities.
Doves and pigeons build relatively flimsy nests from sticks and other debris, which may be placed in trees, on ledges, or on the ground, depending on species. They lay one or two eggs, and both parents care for the young, which leave the nest after seven to 28 days.[1] Unlike most birds, both sexes of doves and pigeons produce "crop milk" to feed to their young, secreted by a sloughing of fluid-filled cells from the lining of the crop.
Young doves and pigeons are called "squabs".

I think it's a great prompt to write and compose haiku with. I have sought in the archives of my haiku range of the last 25 years and I found a few nice haiku on Pigeon.

spring day
walking along the river
cooing of a pigeon

cooing pigeons –
petals of cherry blossom fall
in muddy waters

Well .... I hope you all will be inspired to write, compose and share your haiku on pigeon with us all here on Carpe Diem, the place to be if you like writing and sharing haiku.

This prompt will stay on 'til April 25th 11.59 AM (CET) and I will post our new episode, Full Pink Moon (the full moon of April), later on today around 10.00 PM (CET). Have fun.


  1. Another wonderfully informative post and lovely cascading haiku ~ enjoy ^_^

  2. You are a master of the cherry blossom and wet pigeon Haiku Kristjaan :)

    In a happy coincidence, U responded a day late to yesterday's prompt in a way that matched today's - so I have added the same link to both posts.

  3. Lovely pigeon haiku

  4. I love the new background with the cheery lanterns!

    1. I thought so too ... those cherry blossoms were also great, but well these lanterns are in someway more haiku like.

  5. The second haiku is very very good. I decided to write a new one, despite the fact that the one preceeding could have been used for both days.