Thursday, August 16, 2018

Poetry Friday - Swap With Bird Song

favorite pic - Captiva Island
           Christie Wyman at Wondering and Wandering has become an ornithophile, hosts this Poetry Friday in this special week of palindromes. She's invited us to join her in celebrating birds with a bird-related poem, has shared two new ones and an entire wonderful padlet of other bird-related poems she's written, too. It feels as if the whole natural world, including birds, is in the midst of busy right now, readying for autumn. Thanks, Christie! 

           
         I received another poetry swap last week and love the serendipity of its message. Rebecca Herzog at Sloth Reads sent me a lovely hand-sewn piece with poem inserted, perfect for this community, most especially for this gathering of ornithophiles!  Thank you, Rebecca!





























         The following video is from a trip my granddaughter Ingrid and I made to a nearby lake. I do not have the variety of birdsong from my own front porch, but early morning brings the robins' cheer cheer, the crows' caw, and the chickadee's dee, dee, dee!






What I Hear


Flashing in trees.
Surround sound sits with me –
a choir flies through the branches,
a string quartet quarrels,
children chatter in play –
winged waves.
Linda Baie © All Right Reserved


34 comments:

  1. Loving your surround sound music, Linda. I'm fairly sure that little pool of water gives your bird calls a cleaner, crisper sound. ;)

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    1. Thanks, Kat. This lake is a bird sanctuary, too, so birds are everywhere, and singing!

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  2. Thanks for sharing your lakeside-bird song visit Linda. I also like your "Surround sound sits with me –" in your lively moving poem.

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    1. You're welcome. Birds give much pleasure, as evident in all these wonderful poems being shared.

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  3. I love the sound of your lake, your flying choir. I even hear a Mom Bird.

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    1. Ha! That Bird sneaked in, didn't it? Thanks, Brenda!

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  4. What a perfect idea, to insert a poem into a handsewn piece! Lovely colors and sentiment, too. I feel like the weeks do weave us together.

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    1. Isn't it clever? I love it all, and especially the metaphor of it. Thanks, Tabatha.

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  5. I love your bird music and your swap!

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  6. Linda, love the video of bird sounds. I love my early morning walks because I hear so many birds waking up and welcoming the morning. This bird gathering has been so lovely and peaceful at the end of my first week of school.

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    1. It is wonderful I know, Margaret. Christie has arranged a gift for all of us. I hope your week was good. I always thought it was such an important one, and loved the possibilities I saw as we traveled the week. Thanks, Margaret.

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  7. I love it when people actually listen to the sounds of their neighborhood. Yours sounds a lot like mine, except I'm too far from the water for red-winged blackbirds.

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    1. My school had a wetland near & those red wings heralded spring for us every year. I wish I could hear them more often, but will get to this lake once in a while. Yes, I'm lucky that my neighborhood is filled with trees, thus birds. I don't feed them anymore & am thinking maybe I should, would see and hear more. Thanks, Diane.

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  8. What lovely poems you wrote and received. Thank you for sharing.

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    1. You're welcome, Kimberly. The swap and the challenges are lots of fun.

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  9. That is some wonderful "surround sound" you have surrounding yourself, Linda!

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    1. Yes, and I do love it! Thanks, Matt!

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  10. The bird sounds are magical. I'm sitting at my kitchen table at night. It's raining outside but the birds are so pretty. I wish you could see the look on my dog's face...she's perked up, ears up asking me where are those birds? Too funny. I love the quartet and the children. Lovely sounds.

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    1. Oh fabulous. I love reading about your dog. That is fun, Linda. FYI - I'd love some rain sounds right now! Thanks!

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  11. I'm so glad that the swap got to you and you enjoyed it. Thanks for sharing the "surround sound" at the lake. I love the moments when I am going about my business and those lovely nature noises come front and center. Things get so hectic that I often find myself tuning out the background. It really is wonderful to listen to.

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    1. Thanks again for your wonderful poem gift, Rebecca. It came at just the right time, I think. Yes, I guess we do tune out sounds, especially in our busy days. My early morning is the best time to stop & listen.

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  12. I can't tell you how peaceful I felt listening to your bird songs, especially loved the Grandma call, one I hear often too. And your favorite pic from Captiva Island is captivating!

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    1. Thanks, Ramona. Grandma calls are the best!

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  13. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to your bird sounds (as did my cat) and marveled at the differences from those I hear in Maine. Your poem is lovely and I especially enjoyed all the musical terms you incorporated so deftly. It's been such fun to celebrate birds this week! I also love the sentiment and the material of the poem swatch you received.

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    1. Thanks, Molly. I agree. It has been a terrific Poetry Friday with all the bird poems and sharing.

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  14. Lovely poem. I don't recognize most bird calls, but I love listening to them sing and chatter from tree to tree to shrub.

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    1. Thanks, Kay, yes, it's a gift to hear them.

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  15. Your recording reminds me that we are constantly in "surround sound" - if only we take the time to tune in, Linda. And I love the poem that accompanies it, too. =)

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    1. Thanks, Bridget, it is a good thing to pay attention. Enjoy your Sunday!

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  16. I like your combination of "surround sound" and "winged waves"--nice aurality! That's a word, right?

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    1. Thanks, Heidi. I had to look it up, and found "aural" refers to "sense of sound", so I think you're so right. Thanks for the new word!

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  17. Thank you for sharing this "choir" of exuberant bird song with us, Linda! Your poem captures the moment perfectly. I'm not good at identifying birds by their song, but I do know the cardinal who starts the day at 5:15 or so.

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    1. I know that cardinal whistle, just don't hear it anymore. Thanks, Catherine.

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