The Passage Migrant Returns

bird fieldfare

it’s April—
the passage migrant returns
to remind us we are never alone;
Mother Nature gives in abundance

giih, kräk-ksäk-ksäk
Mr Fieldfare grumpily preaches
invest in our planet!

backstory: To state the obvious, it is indeed April. I know this because the fieldfare is back, and I’m grateful for the chatter in my backyard. In the mornings, I listen to bird song homophonics and try to transcribe what I think I’ve heard. This past Friday, I think the thrush was saying “invest in our planet!” Perhaps, because it was Earth Day. 🙂

And, on my favourite poetry podcasts, The Poetry Magazine Podcast has been my staple ever since it started. Badilisha Poetry X-Change; an online collective of African poets is more than a poetry radio but a movement… And I’m also loving The Slowdown. Hope this is enough poetry to brighten your days.

Enjoy the season!

Khaya Ronkainen
Khaya Ronkainen is a writer, poet and creative professional. Her blog focuses on all things poetry and creative nonfiction.


  1. I love the photo, and the poem. Morning birdsong is so lovely.

  2. Cool: Birdsong homophonics translated into a poem…kind of what I like to do with rhythms and pitches from various living creatures – bird or goat!
    Wise words from a bird chirp: “invest in our planet”. More people should learn that language.

  3. It’s a bit breezy where I am today, but finding the little spots of spring make me feel warmer. Birdsong definitely is one of my favorite signs. I admire the attention and care you put into transcribing their music.

Do leave a trace!