Rejoice – Haibun by Paul Vincent Cannon

At dVerse Frank is hosting Haibun Monday with an invitation to write about bird songs.

dVerse Poets – Haibun – Bird Songs

Photo: a cormorant or shag sitting on the boardwalk at Bunbury Wetlands.

“I once asked a bird, how is it that you fly in this gravity of darkness? She responded, ‘love lifts me.'” Hafez


I've never not heard a bird sing. There's never been a moment when bird song has failed to cut through the joy or tragedy of a day, to surmount the ineffable experiences of life or the tumult of blood
rush, some conjured excitement or foreboding feeling.

I've heard magpies in the heat of the night, curlews before a storm, the flit and twit of honeyeaters no matter the rain, the wattle bird's beak snapping through my mind, crows in the haze of bush fire, the beautiful song of the butcher bird in the middle of a wedding.

Birds, those harbingers of joy, care not for our circumstances and yet they conspire to bring us unbridled joy. Their's is a life sung and we are the privileged guests for their performance. There's never been a moment when I haven't rejoiced in the song of a bird.

Musk duck quinks a joy
as rain washes the low reeds
songs part autumn clouds

Note: Quink is the closest onomatopoeia to the sound of the musk duck I could come up with and then I found it is indeed a word - a type of goose!

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Filed under awareness, Haibun, Haiku, life, nature

23 responses to “Rejoice – Haibun by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. I love the word ineffable.

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  2. How fun😂

    Sent from my iPhone


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  3. Exquisite. So many rich phrases to nibble on.
    A simple yet difficult lesson we can learn from the birds.
    “Their’s is a life sung”…..ours should be too.

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  4. Loved quink. Enjoyed the whole read.

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  5. Reblogged this on By the Mighty Mumford and commented:

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  6. blindzanygirl

    These are beautiful thoughts

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  7. lync56

    Oh this is beautiful and has made me more aware of those sounds that inhabit our days and the constant song of the birds that surround us daily


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  8. Paul, that last stanza is a joy to read and imagine.

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  9. This morning I sat listening to cardinals calling to each other through the woods as I drank my tea! You are so right…birdsongs bring joy! Great post, Paul! ❤

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    • I love the photos I see of Cardinals, so striking, I haven’t checked youtube for their song, so I must do that. There’s something about it isn’t there, thank you for sharing Cheryl.

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