of bassoon and flute,
the double-tonguing of the sparrowhawk, the reedy robin trill—
the tap tap tap tap tap
of woodpecker snare-drumming—pause–a half note rest—
now, April showers of marimba and harp.
then strumming, humming,
plunking, singing—allegro, with spirit!—
house lights down, soft spotlight
for the sweet lullaby of the moon.
Today is Day 25 of Paul Brookes’ Ekphrastic Challenge. We’re beginning the last week of this poetry month challenge. You can read all the poems for today here.
I love waking up to this symphony–literally and figuratively!
Thank you so much, Liz! I was so excited when I first started hearing the birds again just before dawn.
You’re welcome, Merril! I’m always surprised to hear birds again after a long winter. I shouldn’t be–because of course they always come back–but I am!
I don’t think I’m surprised by it–just happy when it happens.
Great poem about the music of spring. The song the birds sing is always the most perfect music for me.
Thank you very much! I love the early morning choir.
Thank you, Beth. 😀
Spring (especially) is such a musical time. Wonderfully done!
Thank you so much! I think it seems extra special coming after winter, but it doesn’t seem to last very long.
And that is part of its specialness, don’t you think? That it is here for such a brief time we must give it our all or miss it entirely! 🙂
Yes, exactly. That’s what I meant. By the calendar it’s spring here, but it looks like late spring now–even summery in some places.
I know you did. Was just reiterating 😉
Today was the 1st day I could hear them outside my window, too. Better days ahead, but the poetry can’t get any better than this. Well done, Merril.
That is very kind, Ron. Thank you! Enjoy that bird song!
Love all the sound sensations in this piece, Merril. ❤️
Thank you so much, Colleen! ❤️
Reblogged this on The Wombwell Rainbow.
Thank you, Paul.
I love spring, but it’s much too short. Beautiful, Merrill.
Thank you, Jill. It is much too short. Perhaps that makes it more special.
A wonderful musical tribute to Spring Merril! I heard the first cuckoo in Spring today: the first I’ve heard in 10 years!
Thank you so much, Ingrid!
I don’t think we have European cuckoos here, but it must be fun to hear one.
Love this. You have made somewhat of an onomatopoeia(ic) poem.
Thank you, Merril. I’m quite enjoying these ecstatic challenges.
Thank you so much, Resa! I’m so pleased you’re enjoying them. 💙
Woodpecker snare-drumming! I love that 🙂
Thank you! 😀
Lovely. This April I don’t recognise showers 🙂
Thank you, Derrick. I thought you had a lot of rain earlier in the month. We seem to be getting a mixture of everything this month–warm, cold, sun, clouds, rain, frost. . .
Yes – you are right – but we didn’t get anywhere near as much as the rest of the country
Oh, got it.
The music of life. (K)