This poem arrived in my email today, via Ivan M. Granger’s wonderful Poetry Chaikhana site:

A nightingale’s songBy Ryokan
(1758 – 1831)English version by John Stevens

A nightingale’s song
Brings me out of a dream:
The morning glows.

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“Ode to the Nightingale” by john Keats


  1. yan jing's family says:

    Beautiful words to start my day. Thanks. I’ve never heard a nightengale sing. Have you?

    Once,I heard a Whipperwill. This morning, here the Woodthrush sings.


    1. I just added a You Tube link on the post for a nightingale’s song.


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