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A haiku on life's little ironies: a bird's eye view

Updated on August 13, 2013
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Life has many little ironies, as i illustrate through these three haikus and use the eagle to help me with my illustration. Do enjoy pointing out what these ironies are - when things in life turn out to be the last things you would expect.

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The irony of age

A youthful bird grows

Wings spreading, desire to fly

Yearning for the skies


An old bird wanting

Wings folding, it settles down

Juvenility.

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Nurturing the young/eggs

An eagle nurtures

Roosting, sits on eggs in nest

An egg is rotten.


The American Bald Eagle : Protected under the endangered species act

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he irony of death

An eagle hunting

Swoops downward, grabbing its prey

A bullet striking.


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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      Hi again, Keith!! Hope to share more of these with everyone...I love the picture of nature as well. Thanks for the re-visit, my friend, I really appreciate you.

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      KDuBarry03 5 years ago

      here again rereading this; I absolutely love the beauty in these pieces.

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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks, MDonders!! Glad you like it!!Thanks for the compliment!

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      nmdonders 5 years ago

      This is a beautifully written hub. It's very unique as well, I love it.

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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks, Ignugent!! Glad you've enjoyed it!!

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      ignugent17 5 years ago

      Striking bullets wow! Very beautiful haikus Michelle. I enjoyed your pictures too. :-)

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      Sasha Kim 5 years ago

      You're so sweet Michelle. I wish you the very best as well!

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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      Kim, thanks for the read!! I have read your latest as well......God bless you and your family. Do take care, and I'll be swinging by more of your hubs...especially the recipe ones!! Yum!

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      Sasha Kim 5 years ago

      I love your haikus! very insightful. voted up and beautiful

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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks, Ruchira, The most majestic of birds, indeed. Thanks for coming by!

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      Ruchira 5 years ago from United States

      Eagles are majestic birds and your haiku described it beautifully, Michaelle.

      voted up as beautiful

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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks for dropping by, travmaj!! The marriage of words and images amazes me as well. So glad you've come by!

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      travmaj 5 years ago from australia

      it always amazes me how haiku creates such poweful images - such an art! thank you.

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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      You're welcome, Hatter. Glad you've stopped by!

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      Martin Kloess 5 years ago from San Francisco

      nice haiku and great pics. thank you

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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      Exactly what I was thinking, Tammy. Sometimes we spend so much time nurturing kids and one turns out the wrong way. Must credit the photographers who do awesome close ups!! Thanks for coming by!

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Sad irony that an eagle nurtures the eggs and one is rotten. These are powerful haikus. I love the photos.

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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks for coming by, Audrey!! Glad you enjoy this!!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Beautiful work!

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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      Definitely, Josh. The opposite of what you expect usually happens. I guess that's why we have to make contingencies!! Thanks for coming by, my friend!

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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      Life is indeed ironic, Sueswan....when we age, we want to be young, and when we're young we want to grow older!! Thanks for coming by, my dear!

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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      Carter, thanks for coming by, and I"m glad you like this!! I really admire wildlife photographers...they do an amazing job with the various close ups. Wonder what their secret is!

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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      LOL Keith, the bald eagle is one of the most majestic birds we can find....I think we should embrace him and not avoid him!! (We might want to avoid being pecked by him though!) Thanks for coming by, my friend, and I always look forward to your visits.

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      Mary 5 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      Yep life sure has it's stages...captured beautifully here midget...well done voted up & awesome. Oh and amazing photos btw!!

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      Sueswan 5 years ago

      Hi Michelle,

      "An eagle hunting

      Swoops downward, grabbing its prey

      A bullet striking."

      You have beautifully portrayed life's little ironies.

      Voted up and away.

      Take Care :)

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      Joshua Zerbini 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Michelle,

      Beautiful haiku you have written here Michelle! The irony you have portrayed here is that things seem to happen in our lives when we least expect it. Great message wrapped up in haiku form!

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      KDuBarry03 5 years ago

      Wow Michelle, you captured the nature of these birds with very intense words :) (Now I'll definitely avoid the Bald Eagle LOL)

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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      Yes, indeed they are, Bill. Glad you've enjoyed it!!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ironies for sure; love the way you portrayed them.

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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks, Janine. The opposite happens when you least expect it!! Thanks, my dear, for the share and for coming by!!

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      Janine Huldie 5 years ago from New York, New York

      Michelle, beautiful haikus here yet again. You portrayed irony in life with these birds so well and so very true about irony occurring when you least expect it sometimes. Have of course voted up and shared too!!

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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      Now that's a really apt way of putting it, dghbrh. It's these little ironies that make life so interesting, fortunately or unfortunately! We just have to manage these ironies. Thanks for coming by!

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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks, Angelo52, glad you've enjoyed it!

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      Angelo52 5 years ago from Central Florida

      Interesting expressions. Nicely put together hub.

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      deergha 5 years ago from ...... a place beyond now and beyond here !!!

      Hey Michelle really beautiful and intense work.

      The unexpected and sudden twist is the tale of life which is so dynamic....and any moment can be static.

      votes and passing this on:-)

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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      Indeed it is, To Business! That's what makes life beautiful...so we just have to adapt to the change. Thanks for coming by, and glad you've enjoyed it!

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 5 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      But this is one of the reasons why life is so very interesting and unpredictable. You write beautifully, loved the haikus.

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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      Life has many little ironies, as i illustrate through these three haikus and use the eagle to help me with my illustration. Do enjoy pointing out what these ironies are - when things in life turn out to be the last things you would expect.