evening soundscape

The cicadas are resting now
(though surely they cannot sleep
through the row of the crickets –
those noisy downstairs neighbours).
A young magpie complains,
hoarsely whining for a lullaby,
granted (dolce) by its parent.
Then across the gully a kookaburra begins โ€“
first a chuckle, then a chortle,
before its full-bodied cackling
fills the evening air.
Another whoops – three times –
then joins in for the chorus.
Pizzicato punctuation
is provided by a magpie-lark.
Poor thing, poor thing,
calls the currawong
(with pity for poor magpie-larkโ€™s
borrowed name and dreadful voice).
One by one they cease,
until, finally,
above the leaf-litter base-note of the crickets,
there is only the kazoo-calls of the rejoicing frogs.
Then boobook hoots twice
announcing evenings-end.


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23 responses to “evening soundscape

  1. ๐Ÿคฃ This is lovely. Nature at its raucous finest.

  2. what a mad symphony. But, based on the ending, the evening ending with a tender lullaby, right? I hope so. Be well. I’m rooting for you.

  3. Thank you for sharing this delightful chorus of birdsong with us, Kate!

  4. Every sound and creature so unique. It felt as though you were the conductor bringing each of them in on cue..

  5. You are not far enough away that we donโ€™t share a common experience come dusk. This is a lovely GTO poem!

  6. Oh, that bought back all the lovely Aussie sounds. I love it when my daughter phones to share the bird sounds with me. Yes and how they go at it end of day. Enjoyed.

  7. This is a poem I can hear! Those Aussie names are so musical…kookaburras and currawongs. Lovely poem… a tribute to the letter ‘k’. JIM

  8. Gretchen McIntire (formerly Leary)

    I like how noisy this is until the bedtime sort of ending ๐Ÿ™‚

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