Haiku + Senryu

Haiku is a seasonal, reverent celebration of a subject (nature or people) trying to make a feeling.
Senryu tends to have a victim and may be humorous or irreverant trying to make a point.
- paraphrased from Michael Dylan Welch's Graceguts

Tuesday, 16 April 2013


butcher bird songsters
piping loud their magic flutes
like dawn nightingales

Butcher bird territory spreads across mainland Australia.
The one pictured above is a youngster (photographed on my verandah rail).
All those brown tones will darken to black.
Their song impressed Olivier Messiaen, who incorporated pied butcherbird song into his last work,
Éclairs sur l’au-delà.
More detail about the butcher bird and their musical range of song is HERE
(scroll down to just above the WARNING ad for their swooping habits!)

Linking to:
Haiku Heights ~ April Heights Haiku Month ~ Nightingale


Anonymous said...

That is wonderful poetry and a fabulous photo. I have never heard of butcher birds so enjoyed learning about them x

Anonymous said...

piping loud their magic flutes intrigued me! I'm off to find their song. Thanks!


Anonymous said...

Impressed by knowledge and connectivity.


Nanka said...

Piping loud is so right and these song birds must be the cousin's of the Indian Koel!!
Must have come to serenade you Gemma!! :)

Panchali said...

'Piping loud' is so apt...!!!A poet can actually fall into a reverie while listening to nightingale songs.:)

Magical Mystical Teacher said...

"Piping" is the perfect word here!


Reading Pleasure said...

Real fine words

Sara McNulty said...

Beautiful writing and photo.

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