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A Haiku - Sacrifice

Updated on September 13, 2014

To love is to sacrifice self for the other.

Sacrifice knows no limits.
Sacrifice knows no limits. | Source

The forest fire raged....

A Haiku - Sacrifice

She loved them so much.

The hot fire swept over her.

Her chicks? Safe once more.

Note:There are countless examples of extraordinary love which has involved extreme sacrifice dedicated unselfishly for the love of another, in combat, in disasters, even in the movies such as "Titanic." The example which came to my mind as I chose to write this Haiku, was the example of a bird, a nesting bird whose young chicks had recently hatched. A fast blowing forest fire, faster than any of her small chicks could run, was bearing down on her and her brood. Sheltering them in a shallow depression and beneath her own body and wings, the mother held her position as the consuming flames scorched and seared her dying body as the wall of flames swept past. A firefighter noticed her when the wall of flame had passed. He raised her body only to reveal why she had not flown to safety. The safety of her chicks had mattered more than life itself.

Copyright 2012 Demas W. Jasper All rights reserved.


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    • Gypsy Rose Lee profile image

      Gypsy Rose Lee 6 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up and beautiful! A lovely story that mother bird showed unselfish and complete love for her chicks.

    • b. Malin profile image

      b. Malin 6 years ago

      That's what Mothers do...Protect, in the name of Love. A Beautiful, Poignant "Haiku" Poem on Sacrifice, Perspycacious. I Look forward to Following your Hubs.

    • picklesandrufus profile image

      picklesandrufus 6 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va

      Simple, penetrating words. Beautiful

    • cleaner3 profile image

      cleaner3 6 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

      eloquently written. thanks for sharing this sad story

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      Karen Silverman 6 years ago

      Wow..Powerful! retweeting

    • Rufus rambles profile image

      Rufus rambles 6 years ago from Australia

      This is such a beautiful poem - your Haikus are poignant and you obviously take a lot of time and effort to write them. Thanks and voted up.

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      Debby Bruck 6 years ago

      Dear P ~ The valor of a little bird. Chickens happen to be my favorite animal and this adds just another reason why. Blessings, Debby