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Welcome, poets! Another Haibun Monday arrives! Frank J. Tassone here, and today, we again write haibun, that blend of prose-poetry and haiku. Today, let’s ponder bird songs!

One of the joys of Spring, for me, is the return of songbirds. Throughout Autumn and Winter, the stark silence of their absence weighs on me, at times. Then, as the forsythia and dogwoods blossom, the varied songs of robins, sparrows, cardinals, and so many others sound anew! It’s a delight—even if their chorus begins before dawn!

Some Haijin have shown an appreciation for bird songs:

spring thaw
the Jenny wren
warms up her song

Terri L. French

departing spring
a shift in tone
in the sparrow’s song

Jackie Chou

in it together
in it alone
dawn chorus

Vandana Parashar

from HAIKU DIALOGUE – Paradigm Shift – the discourse of birds, June 16, 2021

Today, let’s experience the joy of bird songs! Write a haibun that alludes to bird songs, or your favorite songbird.

New to haibun? The form consists of one to a few paragraphs of prose—usually written in the present tense—that evoke an experience and are often non-fictional/autobiographical. They may be preceded or followed by one or more haiku—nature-based, using a seasonal image—that complement without directly repeating what the prose stated.

New to dVerse? Here is what you do:

  • Write a haibun that alludes to bird songs or your favorite songbird.
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  • Have fun!