Birdsong Choka

My response to Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie B&P’s Shadorma & Beyond – July 16, 2016.

Bastet has asked us to write our reflections about change either by using a Choka (formed by writing any number of 5/7 syllable couplets and ending the poem with an extra seven-syllable line) or a Shadorma (a non-rhyming six-line poem of 3/5/3/3/7/5 syllables) or perhaps a Shadorma variation.  We should choose whichever aspect of change interests us at this moment.


Windows are open

To sounds of changing seasons:

The whirr on the breeze

And honk of pink-footed geese;

Whistling of wigeons;

Low murmur of wood piegons;

Chattering magpies,

Haunting sob of curlew cries,

A lapwings’ peewit,

Rattle and rush of a raven’s wings.

Each morning a blackbird sings.


© Kim M. Russell, 2016


Frans Snijders Concert of Birds found on

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