N is for the Nightingale – The sweetest of Singers


N is for the Nightingale – The sweetest of Singers


Your melody holds me enthralled.
Your sweet song in the early morning,
holds me spellbound.
I would dearly like to know the meaning of your song.

Your voice is so soft and sweet,
when you sing in a quiet place.
But in the urban melee of cities,
you raise your pitch so as to be heard.

A poet in my dear country India,
Sarojini Naidu by name,
wrote poems that sound as beautiful as your songs,
and has become your namesake for my countrymen.

You are a tiny bird,
to be found in the forests of Europe and Asia,
and in the winter climes,
you migrate to the warmth of Africa.

The word Nightingale,
was coined a thousand years ago.
And it is believed to mean,
a songstress in Anglo-Saxon.

Your feathers are brown in colour,
and your tail is red-sided.
As usual, a beautiful bird like you,
is hunted by many a cruel predator.

You are an omnivorous bird.
You feed on nuts and fruits,
you also feed on the seeds of plants,
as well as small insects.

One of my dearest wishes,
is to hold you in the palm of my hand,
and have you sing for me,
your early morning song.

14 Thoughts to “N is for the Nightingale – The sweetest of Singers”

  1. The bird which sent Keats into ecstasy – I too would love to listen to one personally.

    1. Jai

      Yes, Tom. They are indeed beautiful birds.

  2. Jyoti Jha

    These are lovely creatures! Beautifully written poem.

    1. Jai

      Thank you Jyoti.

  3. Nightingale is a favorite of many poets across centuries. Such a sweet and tiny little bird with a mesmerizing voice. Wish I could hold it too, at least once.

    1. Jai

      There are some people I know who keep love birds as pets but I think it is a cruel idea to keep them in cages. Thanks for visiting. I have been busy the past two days. Will visit your blog soon.

  4. Another good one. I didn’t know Nightingale means a songstress. No wonder the two are used interchangeably.

    1. Jai

      Yes. The nightingale is known to have a beautiful singing voice. It is a songstress and sings beautifully.

  5. I just remembered An Ode to a Nightingale.
    I haven’t ever heard one in person. Only heard countless stories about them.

    1. Jai

      Yes, I would like to hear one too.

    1. Jai

      Thanks for visiting and the appreciation.

  6. A beautiful poem on a beautiful bird with the most beautiful voice. It will quite amazing if you held them and hear them sing so close to you but i guess its their habitat which brings the best out of them 🙂

    1. Jai

      Yes absolutely. Very doubtful if they will sing if you hold them in your hands.

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