hoohoo haha, hoohoo haha

This is for the dVerse monotetra challenge. A monotetra is :
“*Comprised of quatrains (four-line stanzas) in tetrameter (four metrical feet) for a total of 8 syllables per line
*Each quatrain consists of mono-rhymed lines (so each line in the first stanza has the same type of rhyme, as does each line in the second stanza, etc.)
*The final line of each stanza repeats the same four syllables.”
My rhymes aren’t perfect, and the rhythm’s not quite right… but this is it anyway:


Kookaburra laughs at the dawn,
all our night’s fears, banished by scorn.
Start afresh a new day is born.
Laugh for us all, laugh for us all.

Kookaburra laughs at nightfall,
all our day’s woes, gone, big and small.
Gone away, released by your call.
Laugh for us all, laugh for us all.


I was running through my magic pudding To Do list for the day while feeding the animals, after cooking breakfast for the kids, and feeling a bit grumpy and put-upon. Then a kookaburra started laughing. It’s just not possible to feel grumpy while listening to a kookaburra – it’s like the universe laughing at itself and everything in it. Unfortunately my free WP plan won’t allow me to post a sound file, but you can listen to a couple here.   I bet you can’t get more than 30s in without at least smiling. 


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33 responses to “hoohoo haha, hoohoo haha

  1. This is so lovely, Kate! We rarely get kookaburras where we are but when I’m down at Mum & Dad’s or elsewhere that kookaburras frequent, nothing is quicker to make me smile than a kookaburra’s chortle, especially in chorus. I’m so glad you wrote this. It has cheered my morning immeasurably!

  2. Learned something new today – interesting bird, specially the laughing.

    Tip: I use rhyming dictionary like this one: https://www.rhymezone.com/, to help me find words, smiles.

  3. Kirsten Bett

    I have been to Australia a couple of times. What I loved best was the sound of kookaburra, your title brought the sound back. When I lived in New Zealand there was nothing better than the sound of the tui. Do you know them? And here in the Netherlands it’s the geese and the swans migrating and chatting.

    • I googled tui, and listened to a recording – what an amazingly varied song!
      I didn’t know swans made any sound other than hissing – that’s all I’ve ever heard from the black swans here.

  4. Kirsten Bett

    Oh and I will try out that poem format too!

  5. Vandana Sharma

    Th sweet song of nature.

  6. A lovely poem, Kate. And of course, I had to listen to the sound link – I’ve never heard anything like it! Absolutely mental, I couldn’t believe it was real. It sounded like a mash-up of monkeys and toddlers cackling together! 😀

  7. Beverly Crawford

    Nice try at the monotetra, which is a demanding form, I think.

  8. Wonderful job on the gentle rhyming which so often sounds better than the sharp ones, imo. You’re right about the laugh track of the kookaburra. I bet there are a lot of myths about them…

  9. sanaarizvi

    I absolutely adore this! 💝💝 Thank you so much for sharing the track! 😀

  10. I think it rhymes and flows well Kate, we all love a kookaburra’s laugh 🙂

  11. oh wow. thank you for introducing me to a bird and it’s interesting call (laugh)! well done with the rhymes, too!

  12. Birds can cheer us up in many ways. (K)

  13. writingwhatnots

    Whenever I hear ducks quacking I think they’re having a good laugh. It’s great when the natural world makes us smile. 😊

  14. I was laughing out loud! I never saw or heard one of these birds before.

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