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Book of the Week: As the Crow Flies



It humbles me to  comment on our Book of the Week, As the Crow Flies, A Poetic Journey of Wisdom by Don Baird. The breadth and depth of his vision as expressed through these poems is extraordinary. Please, just read and enjoy.


I find inspiration from the voice(s) of nature over and over. Nature is active — it’s interactive. It’s vibrant. It is movement within movement and the stillness next to a cricket weaving stars together with his voice. It’s activity — interactivity, and beyond.

Haiku crawl up branches, sing to the stars; they twinkle and wink . . . and they snow. Haiku breathe, and follow shadows into frozen ponds. They dodge mantis attacks; and, they scurry with rabbits under the shadows of hawks.

The continuum of these little moments linked together like pearls on a necklace, is nature’s generous and abundant spiritual lessons for those that will listen.

thawing ice …
the descending song
of a blossom


You can read the entire book in the THF Digital Library.

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Haiku featured in the Book of the Week Archive are selected by THF Digital Librarian Garry Eaton, and are used with permission




This Post Has 5 Comments

  1. A thoroughly contemplative read!
    Its spiritual depth leaves me almost breathless.
    Thank you, DON.
    And you, GARRY, for featuring Don’s work.

  2. Thank you, Garry, for featuring my book. I greatly appreciate it. The more readers the merrier!!! I hope it resonates with folks and that ,somehow, it makes a difference in someone’s life! (or, many someones’)



  3. This morning, I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. Have not come across anything quite like it. His imagination and insights into nature wisdom, Tao, poetics are sublime. Thank you!

  4. A brilliant book, and was I was delighted to write the back cover blurb:
    “Haiku poems can be likened to rustling leaves; a slow summer breeze; a hot of an owl through your mind; as well as a pocketful of knuckles. Don Baird brings us haiku full of edge and resonance, as a conscientious, generous, and unselfish writer using heart, mind, and craft to bring what we’d forgotten we were familiar with in the first place.”

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