It’s tone pleasing to the ear
Unseen Whistling Thrush
It’s whistle unforgotten
Even when absent for years.
Many years ago I was surprised and thrilled to hear a beautiful whistle outside our window. I wondered who could be whistling so early in the morning. We heard the whistle many times. Then we learnt it was the Whistling Thrush. We never got to see the bird. Now it has been a long time since we have heard that lovely music. But we have not forgotten it.
I read about it and it has such a beautiful blue and black colour.
The tanka is a thirty-one-syllable poem, traditionally written in a single unbroken line. A form of waka, Japanese song or verse, tanka translates as “short song,” and is better known in its five-line, 5/7/5/7/7 syllable count form.