Haiku and Bat

embroidered bat s

from inside the earth
rebirth  transitioning  death
answers with echoes

It’s Bat Appreciation Day…a reminder of how vital they are to ecosystems everywhere.  Insect control, pollination, and seed dispersal are all important ways that bats help keep the earth in balance.  Many bat populations are endangered for the usual reasons:  habitat loss and fragmentation, hunting, disease, use of chemicals.

embroidered bat close up s

Bats play an important part in story and myth as well.  Because they often live in caves and come out at dusk, bats are associated with the ambiguity of night.  Western culture tends to give bats an evil shading (think vampires and the wings of devils), but many Asian and Native American cultures associate them with good luck.

Today also marks the celebration of Haiku Poetry Day.  How do I know this?  Charlie at Doodlewash is sponsoring a month of celebratory days, and he made sure I knew about Haiku Poetry Day for NaPoWriMo.

You can see previous bat posts here and here.
And learn more about bats and bat conservation efforts here.

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27 responses to “Haiku and Bat”

  1. Jodi says :

    that is an AWESOME ink-blot stitched owl! Another incredible k kreation!

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  2. Sharon Mann says :

    We have bats flying around at night here in the desert. I love your mixed media interpretation of your bat, and the haiku…well chosen words.

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  3. Janice says :

    Your bat creation is stunning–was thinking of putting up bat boxes to attract them — oh for more time!

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  4. Sunshine Jansen says :

    Love both creations. Saw two bats last night (our weather has taken a sudden turn into summer) and my heart leaped; symbols of hope for me!

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  5. Teresa Robeson says :

    Rorschach + stitching = fabulous art! I love bats. We love talking walks at dusk and having them swoop around above us. It’s so sad that so many things are endangering these wonderful creatures. Thanks for bringing awareness of their predicament to the blogging world!

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  6. Susan Feniak says :

    This is great!! Wonderful bat creation and great information. Bats keep our mosquito population at bay and I have got to love that!!

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  7. Carol says :

    I love the element of surprise with the stitched wings and the ink blot body. Very interesting and creative!

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  8. artandmoondreams says :

    Fantastic! Your haiku is lovely and moving, it gives voice to your beautiful paint/stitch bat portrait, bringing both alive for the viewer. Thank you for sharing.

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  9. Charlie O'Shields (doodlewash) says :

    That haiku rocks!! I love it!! And you did double duty with this incredible image. It’s just so cool…I was like…wow…when it showed up in my reader. Nice!

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  10. Lynz Real Cooking says :

    Pretty colors and nice info.!

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  11. davekingsbury says :

    Our Mad New Parson

    Bats in the belfry?
    Not since my new regime of
    Midnight bell-ringing!

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