The other side of nature. Graphic haiku tales.

Clouds cover the moon
Beyond dawn’s pale horizon

Sun rises unseen

Colleen’s theme prompt

Butchers of the night
Let the young and weak beware;
Dread’s dark crimson mask!

Dragons of the East
Devouring hide, flesh and bone
All evidence wiped

The moon will not see
Clouds must protect its virtue
Only dawn will tell

Horror’s jaws of death
Staining horizons with blood
The red sun rises

Executioner!
Prowling the river crossing
Decapitating!

Deranged sadist breeze
Swirls delicious scents downwind
Murder awakened

The gentle giant
Dosile but quick to anger
Trespassers be warned

Family means all
Raging buffalo contests
Matriarch chastens

Nature and Life teach;
Though devils are in details
Angels reign supreme

Make a birthday wish
To see all nature’s wonders
But take heed and care
Be sure to read the fine-print
Nature; more than meets the eye

Whatdoyousee photo-prompt

Β© judeitakali


Happy birthday Sadje. I left the last tanka in for you and your Whatdoyousee photo-prompt. Be careful what you wish for, lol.

The amazing animal images are from @NatureIsScary on twitter, and they inspired this.

Along with Colleen’s theme prompt , quoted at the beginning.

Hope you enjoy this, stay safe and stay loving.

For more from this week, read here;

34 Comments Add yours

  1. Ingrid says:

    Nature red in tooth and claw! Nice to have a very graphic reminder of this, Jude.

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Haha, yeah the eat or be eaten side. Not too fair to herbivores, but carnivores have their problems as well.

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      1. Ingrid says:

        Yes – us!

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  2. Sadje says:

    I would gladly take your tanka and your advice. The rest of the images, though true reflection of a part of life, are a bit disturbing. Thanks for including my prompt.

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Really? I thought they were great captures. I watch quite a bit of national geographic and there are quite a number of higher levels of ‘disturbing’ above these.
      I guess next year I’ll dial it down a few notches,
      Happy birthday week πŸŽˆπŸŽ‚

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      1. Sadje says:

        Thanks Jude. πŸ‘

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  3. Bulbul says:

    Wow! A very great reminder, Jude, nature is not just cool breezes and vibrant valleys.
    “Staining horizons with blood. The red sun rises” These lines are amazing, I never imagined horizons as stained with blood. Splendid post!

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much Bubble, I came across the comparison of the red sunrise and blood a couple of decades ago in my all time favourite movie, the lord of the rings. So I borrowed the concept intuitively for this one.

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  4. Strong ending. This one really sucks the reader in, and the pictures you placed in perfect arrangement. Good overall work!

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much Benjamin, I might have overdone the graphic.

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  5. michnavs says:

    Oh dear Jude….this is horrifyingly (?) beautiful….

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    1. judeitakali says:

      I’ve never read haiku about the predatory side of nature, so I decided to write something. And when I came across those stunning action photos, that meant the haiku(s) had to match their graphic nature.
      Turned out horrorlike but the intention was awareness

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      1. michnavs says:

        And you did well Jude😍😍😍

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  6. Era says:

    Good one !

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you Era

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  7. mariamichaela says:

    The other side of nature. Well written Jude

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you Michaela 🌷. Unfortunately/fortunately, it turned out to be horror-like but I guess the truth can be ugly or beautiful

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      1. mariamichaela says:

        True. It definitely can be both

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  8. Woah! Awesome writing again but the images are really horrific to look at.

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much.
      Yeah, not my intention for it to come out this scary.

      I just wanted to write haiku on the ugly side o nature,
      Nobody ever writes haiku about that side of nature.
      And I really do like telling it different, guess I chose the right tagline, lol.πŸ˜…

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      1. Indeed! You touched every right noteπŸ‘

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  9. -Eugenia says:

    Compelling post, Jude! Nature’s reality, indeed!

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Was in the mood to shine a light on this darker side. Few ever want to go there, I think if I’d used its dark weather side, it’d be less horrific, graphically.

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  10. Awesome pictures of devouring by animals and superb haikus. A wonderful post.

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much πŸ™πŸΎπŸ˜

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      1. You are always welcome πŸ™πŸ»πŸ™πŸ»πŸ™πŸ»πŸ™πŸ»

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  11. Nature in all its ferociousness, nicely done with your poems. And lovely birthday poem too.

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much Marje. Glad you appreciate it

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  12. memadtwo says:

    Danger is everywhere. (K)

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Hehe, yeah, I loved the images though. Great captures

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  13. tanvibytes says:

    Wow Jude, this was beautifully written, and more importantly… such a unique perspective… I normally see so much about beautiful nature, and this was so different πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much Tanvi. I saw the images and was also reminded

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  14. Ramblingswithusha says:

    I only see the beauty of nature, always shutting my eyes to the gory aspects. The pictures fantastic, portraying the natural balance.

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Yeah this was a rare representation. I usually write about the good as well

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