A Moment

Sandhill Cranes from a few summers ago…


I meander thawing meadow path. My grandson trails behind. Above a sandhill crane soars across muted sky. Mud caked hove prints cover our way. I gaze at my grandson. His eyes filled with wonder, as he freely asks questions. Questions about the nature of life. Trotting on through woods we spot the crane atop marsh ice. We linger in awe. The best things in life are freely enjoyed in a moment of time.

scarlet masked crane
hidden behind brittle grass
plumage reveals all


“Children’s children are the crown of old men, and the glory of children is their father.” Proverbs 17:6 Linking up at dVerse for a look at things free in life.


  1. Misky says:

    There’s nothing like the curiosity of children. Such special moments.


  2. Wonderful photo of the cranes–a breathtaking moment to share with your grandson. Perfect haiku.


  3. ladynyo says:

    Just beautiful…condensed, memorable and evocative of the best things in life.


  4. Bev says:

    My son was outside just yesterday, and came in saying he’d seen the sandhill cranes flying overhead, heading for the bird sanctuary at a nearby park. Signs of Spring are everywhere. Thank you for sharing.


  5. That is the truth. The best thing is wonder at beauty. If we could all see with the eyes of a child we maybe wouldn’t destroy so much.


  6. What a wonderful moment for you and your grandson and your closing haiku is beautiful 💜


  7. I love mostly anything inspiring children. Wonderful


  8. frankhubeny says:

    I liked the “masked” and “reveals” in the haiku. “Lingering in awe” is a good candidate for the best thing in life.


  9. Miss Stacy says:

    what a relaxing and nostalgic write. lovely.


  10. Grace says:

    Wow, what a sight ~ Cranes are indeed beautiful to behold ~


  11. kanzensakura says:

    Bravo! This is a wonderful haibun and the haiku is faultless and beautiful. Thank you.


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