Poem 10: I heard the thrush sing

© Bruce Goodman 1 June 2015

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I heard the thrush sing
Gold on thorn
Gold on thorn
Tra-la-le-lay de-triddle-dwiddle-tay,
Lonesome in the morning.

I saw a lady love
Fly to thorn
Fly to thorn
Tra-la-le-lay de-triddle-dwiddle-tay,
Charming in the morning.

A nest was sturdy made
Safe in thorn
Safe in thorn
Tra-la-le-lay de-triddle-dwiddle-tay,
Homely in the morning.

The cat killed lady thrush
Dead at thorn
Dead at thorn
Tra-la-le-lay de-triddle-dwiddle-tay,
Swiftly in the morning.

I heard the thrush sing
Gold on thorn
Gold on thorn
Tra-la-le-lay de-triddle-dwiddle-tay,
Lonesome in the morning.

13 thoughts on “Poem 10: I heard the thrush sing

  1. Windy Mama

    It’s lovely and sounds kind of medieval folk-music-y like something a minstrel would sing while playing a lute. Do you have music to go with it?

    Reply
    1. Bruce Goodman Post author

      Thanks. Only after posting it this morning did I think of putting it to music. I won’t (because I can’t sing) but no doubt countless numbers of future musicians will make good use of it (perhaps if only for toilet paper)!

      Reply
  2. simon682

    I’ve just arranged it for lute and kazoo using a tune collected by Cecil Sharpe and swapping half of the triddle dwiddles for hey bonny nonnies. I don’t think I’ve improved it!

    Reply
  3. umashankar

    You write haunting poems, Bruce. I still remember the one you wrote about your childhood friend. You have applied the same brush as your stories here though.

    Reply

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