Dreaming in Birdsong: Haiku


Poets have often been inspired by birds. Their soaring flight & lyrical songs, their images symbols of freedom & hope. Their beauty in many different colours, the intricate creations of their nests. I’ve written before of singing birds – the nightingale, the lark. How songs of birds shaped me, caused me to wonder and notice the air around & within me.

Now I wonder: Could I write a poem of one single bird, one single breath of time in its life and my own? I see and hear it as a haiku, spoken or sung aloud. A poem set to music for one particular voice, one experience that is both natural and dream-like, connected yet separate.

Dreaming in Birdsong: Haiku

Morning Song

Golden feathers burst

in morning song, G-major

bright tones dazzling, true

Dreaming in Birdsongs: Haiku
Western Meadowlark

Lark spreads speckled wings

gliding across calm water

hope filling dawn air

Dreaming in Birdsong: Haiku
Green finch and linnet

Afternoon Song

Green feathers humming

delights in sun-dappled trees

shimmering wings soar

Dreaming in Birdsong: Haiku
Thrush nightingale

Night Song

Blue dream-song floating

in moonlit branch, E-minor

haunting melodies

Copyright Stacie Eirich 8/3/16

I’m linking this post up to another post I wrote, over @ Toads poetry blog — which will go “live” on Thursday afternoon, 8/4 — where you can read more prose on birdsongs, voices and spaces. I hope you will add your own voice there by participating in the mid-week poetry challenge. Thanks for visiting, reading, and listening.

Author: seirich

I'm a mother, writer & dreamer living north of New Orleans, La. I love writing, music, theater, travel and my family. I've written and published four books of poetry and a children's fantasy series: The Dream Chronicles. I'm now working on a third children's novel.

9 thoughts on “Dreaming in Birdsong: Haiku”

  1. I love the very first line of the first haiku.. gold feathers burst… such a visual image to suggest the vitality of the song. I also really like the progression from morning to night, and a bird for each time of day.

  2. I love musing on birds Stacie…your challenge and response are such a delight, thank you!

    I love your idea of expressing each bird as a breath – a haiku – really wonderful. Loved the Lark one especially…all together a great collection. 🙂

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