Beautiful response Brandon! And a poem delving into philosophy – one of my favourite topics but one rarely able to be turned into poetry without cloying or kitsch. But you have done it magnificently. So many questions and discussions could arise in response to your poem! Thank you for such a thoughtful poem!
Thank you Polona for the kind comment, and for keeping our magpie exchange going with yet another verse of your own. As you well know, my poem would have remained at best an egg in a nest without your inspiring guidance.
I was excited to see your name pop in my inbox this morning. A nice poem that speaks of the reality of sharing poems over the internet these days and how we exchange our views with each other. This medium has certainly brought many who are so far from each other, together, and share our experiences and common interests. Seems just as natural as one magpie answering the call of another. That is how I see it anyway.
Thank you so much, Jayashree! I really like the natural way you craft your comments – here and elsewhere – and weave them through with a connection to everyday life. You have a genuine poetic temperament and your insights are rich, so you certainly don't need to apologize for your interpretation. I look forward to reading more comments by you on Tinywords in future!
Thank you to all the kind subscribers on Tinywords who by sharing their poetry and commentary over the past few months (and years) have inspired and continue to inspire my love of modern English-language haiku and short-form poetry. It is such a wonderful community and a daily delight. Thank you especially to the editors who make the site possible. It is one of the loveliest and brightest places I know on the internet.
That is wonderful. Thanks Alan, I look forward to it. I know it will be thoughtful and instructive!
Ironically, I posted a response to yesterday's poem and included a YouTube link of David Attenborough and a Lyrebird, and only after pressing submit and nothing happened did I realize there is a disclaimer at the bottom of the comments page that links will be moderated!
Oh well! I look forward to hearing your magpie recording! As Polona intimated in her haiku response, there is a big difference in the songs of Northern and Southern hemisphere magpies. I believe in Europe they are quite screechy, whereas in Australia they are actually very lyrical and a beautiful accompaniment to the neighbourhood soundscape.
Catching up on the archives a little! Whether or not this will go through and you see it, I don't know. Nevertheless…
That must be a very lovely email correspondent that you have, Strider.
I love our magpies. There is no bird I've heard that compares with their songs. Especially the solos I hear in winter (even where I am,now, close to the the city) Are you familiar (I somehow think you may be) with John Shaw Neilson's 'Magpie in the Moonlight'?