“Day’s Symphony”


(Songbirds, 1995, watercolor, Jane Kohut-Bartels)

Over at dversepoets pub, Victoria is presenting the lovely challenge of quadrilles, a poetry form of exactly 44 words. The key word is ‘sound’.  I haven’t written many quadrilles, but today in searching for any inspiration, I thought of the many birds I hear during the day and night.  Couldn’t fit in the hoot owls though, those scary little monsters of the night.

Lady Nyo

Day’s Symphony


I awake to the sound of raucous songbirds

Too near my bed.

Outside the rooster crows and crows,

Until I attend his sermon.

The hawks scream above the clouds,

Hunting horns with feathers.

At dusk, mourning doves

Deliver the benediction of night.


Jane Kohut-Bartels

Copyrighted, 2017

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28 Responses to ““Day’s Symphony””

  1. Björn Rudberg (brudberg) Says:

    Love this… though I’m happy if there would be less sounds at 4 AM when dawn comes.

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  2. Victoria C. Slotto Says:

    This is replete with the loveliest images, Jane. I especially love the doves benediction and awakening to the sounds of roosters. I’ve lived in 3 places that I could hear that crowing and you make me want that special experience once more. Don’t know if we are zoned for that though there are horses across the street and coyotes down by the river. So maybe chickens wouldn’t fare too well here.

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  3. Dr. Crystal Howe Says:

    I can relate to this one, so beautiful. I especially love the idea of the rooster’s sermon and mourning doves’ benediction.

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  4. Jericho Says:

    This is great. I especially like this line: “Until I attend his sermon”

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  5. Beverly Crawford Says:

    Interesting that sound equated to birdsong for so many of us! This is beautifully written.

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  6. ihatepoetry Says:

    This is just lovely, Loved the rooster and the sermon imagery.


  7. Arcadia Maria Says:

    Lovely quadrille. Loved lines 3-4 and 7-8. 🙂

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  8. Waltermarks Says:

    I like the mourning doves delivering the final sermon. I haven’t thought about those in a while. You’re the only one that mentioned an evening song bird. Of course there’s grackles, but they’re not really great singers.


  9. Truedessa Says:

    Sounds like those birds all played their parts.

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  10. Bodhirose Says:

    Love the lines about the rooster crowing and crowing until you attend his sermon and then the mourning doves giving the benediction of night…a sweet thought.


  11. ladynyo Says:

    Thanks, Gayle….that rooster starts around 5am….yikes.


  12. ladynyo Says:

    LOL! Yep, and some out of tune.


  13. ladynyo Says:

    Those mourning doves start up around 7pm or a bit later. They come in early , well before the hoot owls. I would have liked to write about those little buggers, Walter, but they scare the hell out of me when they take up their oboes. Thank you for reading and your comment. I don’t think I have heard grackles….

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  14. ladynyo Says:

    Thank you, Arcadia Maria. This was fun.


  15. ladynyo Says:

    LOL! Well, that rooster warms up the orchestra too damn early. LOL!


  16. ladynyo Says:

    Beverly, thank you. I did this so fast because I had nothing in the brain pan….didn’t even think that I would contribute to this prompt but Victoria I love and wanted to read. Thank you, Bev.


  17. ladynyo Says:

    That is the way I feel about this young rooster. Some of them can be mean, but this one is just so happy that his 6 hens have stopped beating him up. LOL!


  18. ladynyo Says:

    Thank you, Dr. Howe.


  19. ladynyo Says:

    Victoria, I take chances in the city. I’ve three miles from downtown Atlanta, and probably not zoned for chickens, but so it goes. We started to have a few chickens when our son was very young….”the 4 Little Women” our first hens….and then more and then less. We also have hawks and coyotes….urban area but we have squeezed out their territory so they take ours….and this is right and proper. My neighbors have adjusted to the rooster and there are a few up the street with the new, young pioneers who have started to move in the area. it takes the edge off the city with roosters….they are their own boom boxes. Thank you, Victoria.


  20. ladynyo Says:

    You get used to it, Bjorn, and when the electricity goes out, and the clocks stop, the rooster knows his job. LOL!


  21. purplepeninportland Says:

    Love your phrasing in this, particularly, ‘At dusk, mourning doves

    Deliver the benediction of night.’


  22. Waltermarks Says:

    Lucky you 🙂


  23. Bodhirose Says:

    What?! I couldn’t stand that. Even I could hear a rooster at 5AM! 😀


  24. ladynyo Says:

    LOL! Between the four dogs that insist on chasing rocks at 3am and that damn rooster, I get no sleep.


  25. ladynyo Says:

    Thank you!


  26. Sascha Darlington Says:

    Yes! Love the mourning doves benediction.


  27. Teresa Says:

    Beautiful! I have been listening to the loud songs of the grosbeaks outside my window, and I love it!


  28. ladynyo Says:

    Thank you, Teresa. I’m so shocked by what has happened in Manchester I can;t right now attend to poetry. children killed. What the Hell is this world coming to?


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