The Mockingbird – A Haibun

Birds fascinate me and I admire them for their strength and resilience. It’s amazing that something that doesn’t weigh much to begin with has the stamina to fly such long distances.  A migratory bird, for instance, can fly for miles and miles without stopping.

Macaws can live until they are 75 years old or more and an African Grey can actually have a conversation with you.

The gentle hoot of an Owl, the cooing of Mourning Doves  or the cacophony of Sandhill Cranes is like music to my ears, but when it comes to birdsong,  I love the beautiful sounds of the Mockingbird.  Each day one will perch atop my chimney and sing its heart out.  The different sounds he makes are so melodious you just have to stop and smile up at him.

Look at me up here
Singing from my little heart
Hope you can hear me


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Frank Tassone is hosting Haibun Monday at D’Verse Poets and
has prompted us with Birdsong.

  27 comments for “The Mockingbird – A Haibun

  1. April 27, 2022 at 2:51 pm

    We all have our own favorite … mine is our European Blackbird

    • Christine Bolton
      April 27, 2022 at 11:59 pm

      Lovely 🥰

  2. April 27, 2022 at 4:31 am

    That haiku!!

    • Christine Bolton
      April 27, 2022 at 8:48 am

      Thank you! ☺️

  3. Anonymous
    April 26, 2022 at 2:17 pm

    Your passion for birds shines through this haibun, Christine. I never thought I’d be a birder but I am recently hooked. You’re right, their strength is inspiring. The haiku made me sigh and smile. I may have to meet an African Grey some day. That is amazing.

    • Christine Bolton
      April 27, 2022 at 8:51 am

      Thank you! I’m happy you have become a birder. It is so entertaining to watch them ☺️💕 By the way, your comment came through as anonymous so I don’t know who I’m speaking with 🤣

  4. April 26, 2022 at 11:49 am

    That haiku is so sweet. Just a lovely writing

    • Christine Bolton
      April 26, 2022 at 1:10 pm

      Thank you Debi ☺️💕

  5. April 26, 2022 at 9:47 am

    A great haibun! Mocking birds are very versatile in their songs. They love my suet cakes.

    • Christine Bolton
      April 26, 2022 at 11:06 am

      Thanks Dwight. Yes! I think they are amazing. Their singing is so pretty and I love watching the pairs swoop down to the ground and back again ☺️💕

  6. April 26, 2022 at 4:07 am

    Birds are wonderful! A workmate has an African grey. He would tell her “I have something for you!” The bird would reply “Is it an apple? It must be a hoot to live in that home.

    • Christine Bolton
      April 26, 2022 at 8:39 am

      I know right? 🤣 There is a video on YouTube where An African Grey kept telling Alexa to turn the lights on and off! So funny.

      • April 26, 2022 at 11:03 am

        I found the video! Petra is amazing!

      • Christine Bolton
        April 26, 2022 at 1:10 pm

        Yes isn’t she hilarious 🤣

  7. April 26, 2022 at 3:35 am

    Lovely. And interesting information too.

    • Christine Bolton
      April 26, 2022 at 8:40 am

      Thank you Ain ☺️ I hope you are keeping safe, all is well, yes?

  8. April 26, 2022 at 12:45 am

    I share your adorable! Love the facts you’ve peppered this haibun with!

    • Christine Bolton
      April 26, 2022 at 8:42 am

      Thank you so much. Birds are worth watching … and listening to 🥰

  9. April 26, 2022 at 12:26 am

    I adore listening to bird song! Brightens up one’s day!

    • Christine Bolton
      April 26, 2022 at 8:42 am

      Yes Carol, it certainly lay does ☺️💕

  10. April 25, 2022 at 10:26 pm

    A beautiful shre

    • Christine Bolton
      April 25, 2022 at 11:13 pm

      Thank you Sadje. I am not familiar with the term shre ?

      • April 25, 2022 at 11:17 pm

        You’re welcome! Missed an a; share

      • Christine Bolton
        April 25, 2022 at 11:31 pm

        Aha! I thought you had introduced me to a new expression ☺️💕

      • April 25, 2022 at 11:58 pm

        Nopes, hasty fingers

  11. April 25, 2022 at 9:36 pm

    Yes, it is amazing that something so small can make such beautiful music. I often pause when I hear birdsong to see where it is coming from.

    • Christine Bolton
      April 25, 2022 at 11:12 pm

      Yes me too! It is so entertaining ☺️💕

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