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~~ 1 ~~
Why does the preacher
berate the flight* of swallows,
saying they need Christ?
~~ 2 ~~
how Pentecostals
insist that gulps* of swallows
speak in other tongues
~~ 3 ~~
Has God forgotten
to feed the flight of swallows
flitting through the air?
~~ 4 ~~
Why does the prophet
harangue the gulp of swallows
till they flee his wrath?

* Flight and gulp are the collective nouns used for swallows.
Text © 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher
More Carpe Diem: “Kikaku’s ‘Flock of Swallows'”

Posted on August 22, 2013, in Carpe Diem, Kikaku, senryu and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 14 Comments.

  1. love learning these new words! How did these profound questions arise? (another question)

  2. Jessica Slavin

    Love these!

  3. Intriguing and I didn’t know the collective nouns. Thanks!

  4. I wasn’t aware of those specific nouns for swallows. Thank you

  5. These are hilarious, especially #2! 🙂

    • magicalmysticalteacher

      I have to admit that I gulped as I pressed “publish,” thinking that some people would find them offensive. 😉

  6. swallows in flight
    each swallow in a gulp
    swallowing flies


  7. Excellent response to the prompt !
    Thank you for the information “* Flight and gulp are the collective nouns used for swallows” I don’t think I knew that to forget it…I love the collective nouns for various species..

  8. Oh those preachers, they give me such a lump in my throat I can’t swallow!

  9. a gulp of swallows and a murder of crows.. interesting collective nouns.

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