sunflower heart
the chiffchaff sings
its name


16 Responses

  1. Ellen Grace Olinger Says:

    Wonderful, Alan!

    I love when words sound like what they mean. A favorite is "poignant."

    hearing fewer birds
    in the morning choir

    loved for years
    and now I know your name
    blue chicory


  2. Alan Summers Says:

    Thanks Ellen, both the comment and your lovely two haiku! :-)

    warm regards,


  3. kalaramesh Says:

    Beautiful haiku, Alan
    You've got the words 'singing' together!

  4. Alan Summers Says:

    Thank's _kala, the bird helped me, of course. :-)

    I often feel wildlife are co-creators, co-poets of a natural history haiku.

    warm regards,


  5. angie werren Says:

    nice images. made me smile. :)

  6. Alan Summers Says:

    Thanks Angie, smiling is good, exercises a surprising number of muscles too. :-)


  7. Bob Lucky Says:

    Great melding of visual and auditory images, and a brief lesson on onomatopoeia!

  8. Alan Summers Says:

    Thanks Bob, it's wonderful when birds are named after their actual song. :-)


  9. Dawn Apanius Says:

    Sings of summer! Thank you!
    heart of the woods- the wildflowers know me

  10. Alan Summers Says:

    Dawn, thank you! Spot on, it's a Summer activity, and thankfully I do have a lot of wildlife where I am.


    heart of the woods- the wildflowers know me

    – Dawn Apanius


    Wonderful one-line haiku by you! :-)


  11. Dawn Apanius Says:

    Thank you again, Alan! xo

  12. seaviewwarrenpoint Says:

    What a wonderful, bright and noisy haiku, Alan!

    I hope you are enjoying your birthday :)


  13. Alan Summers Says:

    Thank you Marion, yes, a wonderful birthday on the 16th, reading from Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice again in front of an audience, and then a special meal with a bottle of claret at home with Karen, with no distractions.

    Thank goodness for birds, I don't know if I could bear a life without birds and birdsong.

    warmest regards,


  14. Annette Makino Says:

    Love it. This haiku lifts my spirits — you have conveyed not only the sounds, but also the golden and chocolate brown colors of the sunflower. A lovely vignette of late summer.

  15. Alan Summers Says:

    Thanks Annette, for your wonderful comments. A haiku, from the author's perspective, only comes alive when it's both appreciated, and commented on, many thanks. :-)


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