Tanka for the birds

A tanka for Frank Tassone’s weekly haikai challenge.


listen to the birds

from dawn to dusk their chatter

whistles trills and flutes

listen closer to spring wake

and their twitter becomes song

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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.

31 thoughts on “Tanka for the birds”

      1. They say it’s a good thing for children to be bored occasionally. It helps them discover what they want to do. It never occurs to them that time is in finite supply.

  1. I have a stone bench in my garden I like to sit on… and just listen to them converse.
    It is a unique orchestra. ๐Ÿ™‚
    Though I’m apt to sit in the afternoons, not so early. ๐Ÿ˜‰

      1. I got mine as a Mother’s day gift from one of my children. ๐Ÿ™‚ You are supposed to treat them in some way to protect the stone or seal it in some way. But I never did… and it’s still OK.

        Good luck. Some things are too heavy to move.

      2. Well, that’s what I thought. The removal men were already cursing about the number of boxes of books and what they thought was junk that was in fact husband’s precious collection of stuff that might come in useful for something one day.

      3. Oh… I know that road. ๐Ÿ˜‰
        After years of hanging on to stuff, hubby finally let some old work stuff go a few years back – like about 10 boxes full.

        I suppose though I have my own book collections too ๐Ÿ™‚ Though I have gone through some of them and made several donations to the local library.

      4. Indeed. Especially when I can get them at my Library Cafe book store for pennies on the dollar… At least though I gift some of them right back after I read them. Like fun murder mysteries.

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