For dVerse Tuesday poetics: the poet’s storehouse, celebrating National Thesaurus Day (US):

The clamour
of the hundred-member
is punctuated
by the flatulent bellow
of the pobblebonk.

Their amphibious hubbub
rises from the damn
as an almost-solid layer of sound.

the dulcet tones of the carolling magpie
curl through the air
like a sweet fragrance.
He embellishes his song with each repetition,
creating variations,
adding overtones
with himself.

ever unimpressed,
and, indeed,
chortles, chuckles,
and then explodes in full-throated,
cackles –

silencing the frogs
and sending magpie home in a huff.


The challenge was to use a word from each of these lists:

   bellow; clink; drone; jingle; quiver;
   clamour; dissonant; rip-roaring; tempestuous; vociferous;
   dulcet: honeyed; poetic; sonorous; tonal;
   blabber; cackle; dribble; gurgle; seethe;
   beseech; chant; drawl; embellish; intone

So obviously the poem had to be about either my (droning, bellowing, dissonant, vociferous, blabbering, cackling…) kids, or the (other) local wildlife.  

I can’t post files, but here are links to the frog and bird songs mentioned if you want to hear them:
eastern sign bearing froglets (kazoo band)
magpie – quite different in look and sound to norther hemisphere magpies.


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20 responses to “evensong

  1. A great choice of chorus for a sound-poem, Kate! I could hear them all 🙂

  2. I simply love this. The froglet kazoo band, the flatulent pobblebonk the cackling kookaburra. Everything about this poem is deliciously onomatopoeic. 👏👏👏

  3. Ain

    Ha! You certainly did not hold back, and went for full sound, sand wonderful meaning….enjoyed that very much..

  4. this choral work was so vividly heard that the creatures jumped right off the page in this sound poem. I especially liked the magpie song and “pobblebonk” is a word the tongue just can’t resist

  5. Cindy

    This was a fun one to hear!!

  6. sanaarizvi

    Excellent! I especially like; “the dulcet tones of the carolling magpie curl through the air like a sweet fragrance.” 💝💝

  7. writingwhatnots

    A pobblebonk? Had to look that up. An onomatopoeic animal – how perfect for this poem.

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