poetry and prose about place

words from the woodland – bird song

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I have a lot of projects underway, mostly on the ‘administrative’ side of writing.  I have been ordering and revising a manuscript of poems on abandoned aspects of our landscape ( see ).  Now, I have reached the point where I really need to set the manuscript aside so I can approach it with a fresh eye in a couple of weeks.  So I will use the days between to order another manuscript of poems about sounds from the woodland.  The poems mostly use animal and bird sounds and songs as metaphors for human communication.


Some of these poems have been around a while, packaged in another form.  In the last weeks, I have been thinking about the bird song metaphor and now I am ready to consider the poems in relation to one-another.  Perhaps I am responding to the Black-capped Chickadees, chattering in the Tamarack.  Or the Hairy Woodpecker who comes every few days to beat his head against our telephone pole.  Perhaps I am thinking more than usual about human communication (having just learned to ‘Twitter’).




January 8, 2012 ‘two Mourning Doves’ Jane Tims


drawing doves


‘… cease to mourn …’

Virgil, Eclogue I


grey sighs beneath graphite

or where eraser softens

troubled feathers


doves lament, disturb

fine detail, mourn

the fingers’ tremble


pencil strokes beak

and fingernails, kernels

of corn, husks of sunflower



Copyright  2015  Jane Tims

Written by jane tims

January 30, 2015 at 7:17 am

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  1. Beautiful, Jane. I’ve been pondering bird-speak, too, although I don’t have the poetic talent to describe it. Their communication sounds like a language to me.

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    January 30, 2015 at 1:56 pm

    • Hi Robin. I wish I knew more about bird song. I have a friend who can recognise any bird by its call. Jane


      jane tims

      January 30, 2015 at 3:33 pm

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