lovely juxtaposition! also its lovely these days to catch a thrush smashing snails, since they've become so much rarer (the thrushes that is of course)
is it worth actually, making this more specific and saying song thrush rather than just thrush? I think they're the only species that does this?
It would be CGP - I was actually unaware it was just the one variety that did it.edited. Thank you.
Great haiku!I agree it's better to name the actual bird as a songthrush.Only one niggle and that's Songthrush is in uppercase and it looks a bit distracting as everything else is lowercase. ;-)Why I like this haiku is that it's a combination of plain prose allowing the reader in, plus that perfect "word pick" where the songthrush "bases the snail against "the sound of church bells".I'd say this is the best haiku you've written so far! ;-)If Wing Beats: British Birds in Haiku was still looking for submissions I feel it would have been accepted!AlanWith Words.
.You could consider removing "the" as I don't think it's necessary, and it helps create a more aesthetic short long short line shape.By removing the first "the" you could re-deploy it in the second line? sound of church bellsthe songthrush bases a snailagainst a stone There's always a bit of editing to do, Basho took years. ;-)Alan
Thank you Alan. Excellent suggestions, both.
Silly me. I missed the reference to musical tones entirely and thought that you meant to say "bashes". Now that I'm reading it properly, I like it all the more!
Thanks Diana.Thining about it now 'snares' would have been better than 'bases'
Hi Rachel,No' "snares" wouldn't have been better, trust me, bases is such a neat word choice. Alan
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