Written for:  Carpe Diem #1686 Troiku Month (15) Nightingale

“Today I have a nice haiku by Chiyo-Ni, one of the most famous classical haiku poetesses we know. She is renown by that wonderful haiku about the Morning Glory, but that’s not the haiku I have chosen.

The haiku I have chosen to challenge you with is a beauty too and she wrote it in honor of Matsuo Basho, who she saw as her teacher, her master. She wrote this on a haiga with a portrait of Basho and it is a real beauty, but maybe it will not be easy to create a Troiku with.”



to listen,
fine not to listen, fine too…

© Chiyo-Ni (1703-1775)

Here is my attempt:

to listen
trill of nightingale’s song
pleasant dreams

fine not to listen, fine too…
always song in the background
evening sounds

on a Summer evening
sings from the heart


About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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5 Responses to “nightingale”

  1. Mike Bayles says:

    Sarah, I like your series of haiku.


  2. The Eclectic Contrarian says:


    I’ve never heard a nightingale in person…. we have whippoorwills out my way.


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