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

Western Meadowlark

Lark spreads speckled wings

gliding across calm water

hope filling dawn air

Green finch and linnet

Afternoon Song

Green feathers humming

delights in sun-dappled trees

shimmering wings soar

Thrush nightingale

Night Song

Blue dream-song floating

in moonlit branch, E-minor

haunting melodies

Copyright 8/25/17 Stacie Eirich 

Originally posted  8/3/16 

Listen to my recordings of these poems read aloud at the Soundcloud link above.

You can also read more on birdsongs, voices and spaces in a post I wrote at Imaginary Gardens with Real Toads on 8/4/16. Click the link below to check it out.


Thank you for visiting Space to Dream, reading, and listening.

Happy National Poetry Month! Be Inspired.

Unicorn Book of Magic Greeting Card by Trudi Simmonds

Happy National Poetry Month! Throughout April, I hope you notice the light being shone upon poetry where you live, in classrooms, and in the media. I am excited to see the beautiful, inspiring, whimsical & funny poems that this month brings. I will be posting each week with a different kind of poem; my intention is to share both children’s and adult poetry with varying themes and forms. There are so many different ways that poetry can look & feel – and all are worth exploring! Today, I will start with the poetry that first fascinated me & still keeps my heart today – inspirational, magical children’s poetry. As a mother, I can now experience it anew with my children.

My daughter loves art of all kinds. We have bins bulging full of colored pencils, markers, crayons and paints – sketching pads, note pads, papers of all colors, shapes and sizes. Her drawings are often of rainbows, family members, friends, school, playgrounds, animals – real things that she has seen, touched and experienced. People she loves. But lately, her drawings feature magical creatures. Here is her drawing, and my poem for today.


There she stands
beauty, white as snow
cascading mane upon her neck
her satiny purple eyes aglow. 

There she stands
high upon a mountaintop
next to a rainbow
shining in its colourful light.

There she stands
glorious creature of the clouds
holding her head high
proud to be alive and free!

There she stands
a symbol for those who believe
letting those who do
see the magic she beholds.

There she stands
making wishes comes true
and people into believers
for she is 
a Unicorn. 

Copyright Stacie Eirich April 3, 2017

Originally posted March 28, 2016

Seeing her drawing and reading the poem I wrote, I am reminded how children remind us of the magic all around us, if only we allow ourselves to see and believe. Reading, writing, poetry, music – the arts – offer so many ways to enrich our souls and cultivate creativity. I hope that my daughter will always have a love of creating, of dreaming, and mostly that she’ll never stop believing in magic – and in herself.

To celebrate National Poetry Month in April 2016, I published a collection titled Canvas of Imagination: Poems. It includes Unicorn plus 15 other poems I wrote in my childhood. Available on Amazon for $0.99 – I hope it inspires kids & teens to read, write, and seek out more poetry.

On Thursday, April 6th, I’ll be sharing a post celebrating children’s poetry over at Imaginary Garden with Real Toads. Toads is a lovely online community of poets who share their passion for poetry, and this month there will be posts featuring original poems & writing prompts every day. Do go and visit to be inspired!

Thanks for stopping by Space to Dream. Have a wonderful day. 🙂 -Stacie

p.s. Below is a beautiful video, a spoken word poem that expresses the wonder of a child and encourages adults to recapture that wonder. Never stop wondering, imagining, & dreaming! This is the heart of children’s poetry.