Song

For week #66 of Haiku Horizons, the word prompt was ‘song’. I immediately thought of nature, birds and birdsong. 🙂

Butterfly in the cherry blossom tree
Butterfly in the cherry blossom tree

Song

A trilling birdsong
Misty morning’s sweet greeting
Nature’s herald’s song

Khor Hui Min
29 May 2015

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Magpie, magpie, voice so sweet

Today, I thought I would do something lighthearted for a change – a poem in the style of a nursery rhyme. 🙂

This poem actually has a background story. LOL. It is about a frustrated gardener who wonders where the fish in the water lily pot have gone – a humorous plea from a gardener to a nonchalant oriental magpie robin perched at the rim of the water lily pot.

The oriental magpie robin is one of my favourite garden birds, a performer dressed in a black and white tuxedo, singing its signature song every day.

Photo taken at Floria 2014: Visit Malaysia 2014 - Malaysia Truly Asia booth (June 2014).
Photo taken at Floria 2014: Visit Malaysia 2014 – Malaysia Truly Asia display (June 2014).

Magpie, magpie, voice so sweet

Magpie, magpie, voice so sweet
What are you doing, innocent as can be
Magpie, magpie, chirp, tweet, tweet
A cool drink delighting, bathing happily

Magpie, magpie, voice so sweet
Plump as a partridge, fattened for a feast
Magpie, magpie, chirp, tweet, tweet
Did you see, tiny fish eaten by a beast?

Magpie, magpie, voice so sweet
At the water lily pot, innocent as can be
Magpie, magpie, chirp, tweet, tweet
Please do return my fish to me

An original poem by
Khor Hui Min
5 February 2015