Haiku: Chuck-Will’s-Widow

beating wings at night
disturbs the whippoorwill’s call
chuck-wills-widow sings

14 Responses to Haiku: Chuck-Will’s-Widow

  1. kimtblogger says:

    i have just read that whip poor will’s are meant to be able to detect souls departing… i don’t know if the chuck will’s widow has the same ability.

  2. johemmant says:

    He looks like a tiny owl……….I don’t get this, think I’m missing some cultural refs? Nonetheless, sounds good.

  3. Scot says:

    they are both night birds–I have not heard that, though they are of the same family

  4. Scot says:

    interesting question? Not that I know of

  5. Scot says:

    who knows? It is a night jar–a night bird in the same family as the Whiporwills–the greeks called them goat suckers–another story–Often they get there name from the calls they make–the sound … they occupy the same territory as the other bird. It may appear as a contest–one wins and the other shuts up–sometimes the loser move on. Ok I just made that up–Is that a metaphor? –but the Whiporwills have always been my favorite

  6. lissa says:

    love the first line.

  7. David Rheins says:

    always, any old time at all
    ain’t alphabets bad

  8. johemmant says:

    Oh, I get it, chuck wills widow is an actual bird name — duh — sorry — it’s hot here and my brain don’t work too well in heat *sheepish smile*

  9. Scot says:


    you rebel you

  10. Julie says:

    Beautiful poem, Scot. I used to have one outside my window. Very lovely.

  11. Charlotte Ryerson says:

    I loved this Haiku! I was googling chuck wills widows and whippoorwills because from where I am at present in the Ozarks it appears the former (faster, more frantic) have replaced the latter (slow, sad, peaceful). I’m a songwriter and am working on a song using the analogy–whether it sees the light of day is yet to be seen but your haiku is the first thing I’ve come across that expresses what I’ve been feeling. Thank you for it and also for your excellent blog!
    –charlotte ryerson

  12. Scot says:

    They have taken over the territory of the whippoorwills in my part of the ozarks also–certainly unfair in my book–good luck with the song–hope it is a hit

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