The Phoenix

The Phoenix 1

Haiku 249

Mythical fire bird

Wings aflame as you fly off

Mystery intact


I heard a bird singing somewhere in the bare branches of my neighbour’s winter tree. It took me a while to spot him, but I couldn’t make out his species.

Suddenly he took off, with a flash of his wings.

The Phoenix 2

It was a Phoenix! The mythical fire bird.

AndΒ in a blinding light, he vanished!

How fortunate was I, to witness this extremely rare bird, from my back garden!


post script: I think from his size and song, he was a Red-winged starling. It explains why his red wing feathers lit up as he flew away, with the sunlight shining through them from the behind.



20 thoughts on “The Phoenix

  1. Murphy's Law

    Hahahah!! I’m going with the Phoenix! Or the starling could have been having a wonderful fantasy that he was really a Phoenix and you bought it!! Great picture.

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