brown thrush
those long legs lost
in clover

—Mitzi Trout

About the author: Midwestern by birth, southern by transplant, I have been published since the 1980's by Modern Haiku, Frogpond, Brussels Sprout, Chiyo's Corner, haijinx, and Haiku World. If the birds and bees were as prolific as I am, we would soon have a world without flowers or song.


Responses to the haiku for 25 April 2005 by Mitzi Trout

    H. Gene Murtha (Genemurt at cs dot com)
    2005-04-25 18:19:29

    I am aware who you are and I have read many of
    your haiku, but, what is a [brown thash?] or did
    you intend this to be a [brown thrasher?]


    H. Gene Murtha

    2005-04-25 19:06:51

    such a clever trout
    capturing a mockingbird
    here for all to see

    Bill Kenney
    2005-04-25 19:33:53

    suddenly silver
    as they turn in their flight
    city pigeons

    bob richardson (orgbob at webtv dot net)
    2005-04-26 04:42:44

    the bird of my youth

    ["Brown" "thrush" A common American singing bird (Harporhynchus rufus) also called brown thrasher.(Toxostoma rufums)] @

    @ webster

    now, i'm curious about the brown thrash, or perchance you meant brown thrush, gene

    kate (chrismomxyz at yahoo dot com)
    2005-04-26 10:12:54

    unaware of semantics,
    knee deep in clover

    bob richardson (orgbob at webtv dot net)
    2005-04-26 11:13:51

    mangoes in bloom --
    enters my taste buds

    Mitzi Hughes Trout
    2005-04-26 11:44:42

    I am inundated with messages and I thank all of you. A mystery! I clearly wrote and sent the
    haiku as

    brown thrush
    those long legs lost
    in clover

    I am bewildered by two responses where the
    reader saw "brown thrush" as "brown thrash".
    Although I am not an expert bird watcher, I
    would never call a thrush or thrasher a "thrash".

    Please clarify.



    ed markowski (1elmarko at comcast dot net)
    2005-04-26 15:26:22

    well done classic haiku. quality is more
    desirable anyway. things move slow down
    south, nothing wrong with that...

    magnolia blossoms
    i'll change the sparkplugs
    when the sun goes down

    assembly line
    it's lined with broken
    men & women

    bob richardson (orgbob at webtv dot net)
    2005-04-26 20:14:29

    good evening mitzi,
    the (mystery) might be clarified through the usage of a word few people perceive, "judgmental". rather than understand what's being said and only that, there's a (rash) rush to rationalize, to read more into a situation than what's being presented. look at some of the responses; thoughts plausible but false.

    aha!!! some might think, akin to (a haiku)

    evening breeze
    rippling pine needles
    whispers in the dark

    Edmund Schwellenbach
    2005-04-26 21:30:21

    Dear Mitzi,

    The brown thrush is not a thrush, and Gene Murtha, who is a birder, may have tried to say that. However, brown thrush is a very common and frequently used synonymous name for the brown thrasher, which is also the brown mockingbird. Even Audubon, on its web site, says all three names refer to the same bird.

    Gene added to the confusion by misspelling brown thrush as "brown thash"(not even brown thrash).

    Ed Schwellenbach

    john tiong chunghoo
    2005-04-28 23:52:04

    below the blooms
    and the leaves
    long leggy stalks

    2009-03-03 18:59:36

    seagulls 1 by 1 by 1...
    even on the rooftop, too

    Mitzi Trout
    2009-03-04 08:37:44

    Thank you for the new response, dear reader.
    I do check in to tiny words from time to time, and always enjoy reading it. But

    rarefied world --
    a woman not meant for
    the rigors of haiku


    2009-03-04 19:39:15

    mitzi, rarefied world akin to rarefied air


    scraggly, yet green pine
    mountain in the distance
    less difficult to climb

    just me