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four-note song


35 Responses

  1. Bill Waters Says:

    This poem just knocks me out! It takes one of the largest concepts in life, relates it to a tiny, beautiful detail expressed in the fewest words possible, and there you have it: a bird in a snowstorm. (Or so I interpret it here in snowy New Jersey, USA. A reader could complete the poem in so many other ways, though!)

  2. Peter Newton Says:

    Five words to depict a scene in nature with a human interaction (a bird overheard, almost by accident) that informs a way of looking at life, which is to say: note by note. Existence then may seem accidental but it can also be serendipitous. I like the implied gratitude here.

    And this poem also happens to adhere to my own definition of haiku:

    Haiku is the invention of the obvious.

  3. Keith Simmons Says:

    Interesting how our individual perspectives impact our interpretation. It defined to me that our human existence, our time on this earth, is but a moment, a four-note song as compared to the symphony of the universe.

  4. Marie Shimane Says:

    Perhaps existence is only a three-note song — like the three syllables in each of the three lines of this poem.

  5. barbara a taylor Says:

    I loved this haiku! Thank you.

  6. Jean LeBlanc Says:

    Oh my goodness, thank you all. I am so touched by your thoughtful and beautiful responses. Bill, I'm in snowy New Jersey, too!

  7. Tash Adams Says:

    a beautiful distillation of a tiny moment with big meaning :)

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  9. Jane Ebihara Says:

    What I love is the choice of the word "four" when many would have chosen three. We're all born, we live, we die, but that fourth note, oh, that fourth note… that's what it's all about. Thank you for this, Jean.

  10. th. vandergrau Says:

    This one really grows on you!

  11. seaviewwarrenpoint Says:

    How delightful! As we go about our daily lives, sometimes we barely notice we are living – until we hear something beautiful, like birdsong.


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    …..and yet, so many variations on those four notes! This is wonderfully conceived! Thank you.

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    Lovely, thank you. I think of the four seasons in Wisconsin.

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