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Starry Starry Nights

This, another of my early haiku, and an old favourite. Watching the stars, listening to the day become evening, then night; the twinkling of cottage lights appearing one by one on the distant hillsides-yellow stars, fallen from the violet, not-quite-black, sky. High up, unseen, a lone Curlew calls ...

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‘Le Merle Noir’ (Blackbird)

'Le Merle Noir' (Blackbird) - Cameos of Birdlife #10

After a period of silence, not hearing them since February, when a few warm days encouraged us out, the Blackbird have started to sing again.

early morning 
in greening woods
blackbird sing

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Birds in Music

For many musicians and composers birdsong is the ultimate musical composition - yet is it music: Birds use variations of rhythm, relationships of musical pitch, and combinations of notes that resembles music, but without fixed musical intervals, as on a scale, there is a chaotic randomness to their singing.
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