New Year’s dawn…
for the mistle thrush

6 Responses

  1. Magyar Says:

    Grand Helen!
    __ You've generated my senryu thought: grading the wealth of that past grown, we take new steps. _m

    each eve
    a search back to tend
    new steps

  2. Alan Summers Says:

    Cranberries are wonderfully useful when our stomach feels too 'acid' but in fact it's actually because they are too alkaline. I can imagine even a bird might need a different kind of fruit from time to time, especially if it's been overindulging over Christmas!

    Karen and myself have got into a tradition that we celebrate New Year's Day by going to bed early the night before, and being up really early for the meadow close by us, and listening to birdsong.

    We don't have cranberries to offer but perhaps I might offer some quality birdseed instead?

    It's a lovely phrase:

    for the mistle thrush


    It feels both uplifting and seasonal, and bringing color to a special new day.

    I used to see mistle thrushes all the time but oddly only written about song thrushes, here's one:

    hard frost–
    the snail-hammerings
    of a song thrush

    Alan Summers
    Muttering Thunder – An Annual of Fine Haiku and Art vol. 1, 2014 
    ed. Allan Burns with Ron C. Moss,

  3. Mike Schoenburg Says:

    yellow dawn
    mallards sip ?
    the pond shadows

  4. Helen Buckingham Says:

    Many thanks to all for your thoughtful responses – and a very happy new year!

  5. Bruce Feingold Says:

    Very lovely — enjoyed the contrast of hope of a new dawn with the depth/sabi of cranberries wintering over fo the thrush — we have hermit thrushes in our winter garden and in California they also have subtle beauty and a little bit secretive in their habits —-

  6. seaviewwarrenpoint Says:

    I love how this begins with New Year's 'dawn' because it suggests hope for the coming year. The cranberries are left over from Christmas and of course the word 'mistle' of the thrush's name calls to mind 'mistletoe' which is also associated with the festive season. There's definitely a 'ring out the old, ring in the new' vibe going on in this one, Helen. Very effective.


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