Tanka: May twittering

This tanka is for Frank Tassone’s Haikai challenge, using the word ‘twitter’.


May music

twitters in the hedge

crickets in the long grass

music boxes know no day

no night—the silent sleep


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Jane Dougherty

I used to do lots of things I didn't much enjoy. Now I am officially a writer. It's what I always wanted to be.

24 thoughts on “Tanka: May twittering”

      1. I think of crickets as late summer here–at least that’s when they get into our basement and the cats get them. But there is lots of twittering going on–thankfully of the avian kind.

  1. Your right their music boxes go on day and night. Waking up the silence with call to the morning. We had a whippoorwill outside our bedroom window that would start his song about 5:00 every morning.

    1. Some of the birds sing all night, and the frogs and toads on the pond, the crickets everywhere… This morning there was a bee in the bedroom chimney. Eventually it found its way down and shot into the room, very angry. I opened the window, the bee flew out and a lizard dropped in. There’s always a lizard hanging round the edge of the window. So I had to catch the lizard and put that out too. That was exactly how I ended the day yesterday. A lizard one of the cats caught and dropped on the kitchen floor. I feel like a ring master sometimes…

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