MALAYSIAN HAIKU/SENRYU ECHOES 425: FLAMBOYANT FLAMINGOES
flair for fantasies
flock of fiery flamingoes
totemic and fraternal
share sacred symbols
contentment and concordance
pray for protection
one legged wading stance
well balance with social grace
About a fortnight ago, the TV showed news of flight of flock of flamingoes from the west to the coastal shores of Asian wetlands. The reasons are mainly due to climatic change, affecting sea level and food shortages. Flamingoes in Spanish and Latin means fire, due to their pinkish plumages; the pinker they are, the healthier (except the non-pink wading species) due to beta carotene in their food (pink algae, shrimp and crustaceans. They live in friendly fraternal colonies, monogamous, stand tall at 3-5 feet, often one legged alternatively, to conserve heat. Humans eat their eggs, meat and even tongue.
Flamingoes are universally regarded as spiritual animals. They offer meaning to those who believe in that.
Recently, I was furnishing my condominium unit with wall papers. The sales people showed the picture to me. I installed it on my altar cum study room. It has become the most vibrant wall in the house.
I copied and pasted the pictures from the web with appreciation to their owners. The altarpiece is mine.