September 1, 2018 by petrujviljoen


Copyright Petru J Viljoen

windless day –
tree comes alive
with monkey


22 thoughts on “haiku

  1. susanmehr says:

    I love the Haiku and the photo. 🙂

  2. This made me smile!

  3. susanmehr says:

    Haiku from me to you.

    Safe, top of the world, away from the pesky cat. “Yeah! That’s what he thinks.”

    ? Susan.


  4. Suzanne says:

    I like it 🙂 Your haiku has the cheekiness of the monkey.

    • And can they be cheeky! The impertinence of monkeys – a collective term for a troup.

      • Suzanne says:


        • Yes! In my Oxford Reference Dictionary. I should post the whole list – some are hilarious. another one I remember off the top of my head: a pity of prisoners.

        • Suzanne says:

          Wow. What a list that would be. Sounds really funny. 😃

        • I got the ‘impertinence of monkeys’ wrong but here goes:
          Shrewdness of apes (but they can be impertinent – I know for a fact!)
          Pace of asses
          Sloth or sleuth of bears
          swarm, drift, or bike of bees
          Volary of birds in an aviary
          Sounder of wild boar
          Blush of boys
          Gang of buffalo
          Clowder or glaring of cats
          Drove, drift or mob of cattle
          Cletch or cluth or peep of checkens
          Chattering or clattering of choughs
          Drunkship of cobblers
          Rag or rake of colts
          Hastiness of cooks
          Covert of coots
          Cowardice of curs
          Kennel of dogs
          Flight, dole or piteousness of doves
          Business of ferrets
          Charm or chirm of finches
          Stalk of foresters
          Skulk of foxes
          Skein, team or wedge of geese
          Covey of grouse
          Husk or down of hares
          Cast of hawks
          Observance of hermits
          Siege of herons
          Kennel, pack, cry or mute of hounds
          Mob or troop of kangaroos
          Kindle of kittens
          Bevy of ladies
          Desert of lapwing
          Exaltation of bevy of larks
          Leap of leopards
          Tiding of magpies
          Suit of mallard,
          Richesse of martens
          Faith of merchants
          Labour of moles
          Barren of mules
          Watch of nightingales
          Superfluity of nuns
          Covery of partridges
          Muster of peacocks
          Malapertness of pedlars
          Rookery of penguins
          Nye of pheasants
          Stand, wing or congregatin of plovers
          Pity of prisoners
          Unkindness of ravens
          Parliament of rooks
          Rookery of seals
          Host of sparrows
          Murmuration of starlings
          Sounder of tame swine
          Fawning of taverners
          Rout of wolves
          Gaggle of women

        • Suzanne says:

          These are wonderful. An observance of hermits! I can imagine a group of them standing on a hillside observing the rest of us. But overall so many to cherish. They read like a bizarre poem.

        • Ha-ha!!! Or people observing them from far away. Or hermits observing everything with no comment.

        • Suzanne says:

          exactly 🙂 I like the idea of people observing them. It could become a kind of spectator sport – spot the hermit 🙂

        • If I was the hermit I’d complain!

        • Suzanne says:


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