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I lie in the darkness

Listening to the Hadedas’

Ha-aa, ha-aa, ha-aa, ha-a-a-a-a-a-a

In the distance.

The chorus swells

As more and more birds

Join in the yells

And the sky lightens

As the world brightens

With the dawn of day.



©DGA 17 February 2012 05:45

Author: adeeyoyo

I am a middle-aged South African woman, living in Johannesburg. I began writing poetry towards the end of May 2010. I love animals – sometimes more than people! I am back after a break. Thanks for still being here, if you are! Missed you! xxx

28 thoughts on “Dawn

  1. I have a tree nearby that all the hadedas come home to at night:-)


  2. Ah yes, a new look at the break of day…

    Blessings – Maxi


  3. You’re back !!!!


  4. Dawn is a great celestial event we are blessed with… which is inspiring both in its silence as well as with its coos, cacklings and chirpings. Welcome back, Denise!


  5. This poem took me back a few years to when we lived in Jo’burg. Those Hadedas used to wake me every morning. 😉


  6. Wonderful dawn poem, Denise – and somehow peaceful, even though hadeda calls are not much lauded as suitable for morning matins… 😀 These days (coming to spring) I wake up to more melodic birdsong, but in winter it’s mostly traffic and crows. So lovely to see you again!


    • Lovely to be back again, Ruth, thanks. Hadedas can often be very raucous, especially early in the morning, but their racket does grow on one… Between them and the Egyptian geese… well, enough said!


  7. i had to look up the hadedas…birds…love to listen to them as well…heralding the awakening day…only i think mine are sparrows or robins…


  8. Never heard of these birds, I’ll have to go and research them.


  9. Thank you Denise for a great poem. I love the dawn and early morning, so this rang a bell in my heart!



  10. Lemme tell ya – woodpeckers and mocking birds ain’t no pleasant way to wake up in the morning. But the cooing of the doves certainly is.


  11. I had to Google hadedas because I’ve never heard the word before; now I know!
    Don’t know what they sound like, but they cannot be louder than hearing our kookaburras cackling and laughing in the mornings just before daylight. When there are a lot of them together, the sound is deafening! I still love them though!


    • Anyone who has heard a bunch of children shouting in he playground at break will know just what Hadedas sound like, Barb! They really shout at and to each other.


  12. Nothing like the lullaby sounds of nature.


    • Oh, yes, Paul. But there is quite a difference between the soft sounds of doves, sparrows and little birds and the shouts, yells and honks of Hadedas and geese, lol!


  13. Everything falls into place without effort. It is time.


  14. And so it is, Ben. 🙂


  15. I have a similar dawn chorus with rainbow lorikeets and magpies. It’s glorious!


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