The Many Shades of Sound



Stop! Listen!

Click the highlighted links starting with the title.

I have created a Cento* poem with a difference.

Into something rich and strange ….

Hark! Now I hear them: Ding-dong bell

the still, small voice

the thunder that roars

the gently falling rain

the raging torrent and roaring cascade

the sonic boom

the rustling of leaves under the feet in woods and

under hedges

the cool breath of trees
bidding the forest to whisper

old stories

the sound of branches, in the wind,

talking among themselves

the aria

of the nightingale

a bird’s cool voice

punched out song

crisp and spare

on the startled air

 a thousand blended notes

now with treble soft the redbreast whistles

and gathering swallows twitter in the skies

© Raili Tanska

Image:  Pixabay


*Cento Poems are created by putting together

words or lines from various authors’ works.

In this Cento poem I have used –

Full Fathom Five – William Shakespeare

 I AM – Raili Tanska

Pleasant Sounds – John Clare

Historians S Thomas Summers

To Autumn -John Keats

Lines written in early Spring  – William Wordsworth

So I was wrong – Candice Louis Daquin

happy place – Dennis Cardiff

Bird in the Classroom – Colin Thiele

23 thoughts on “The Many Shades of Sound

    1. I’m so glad you liked it! I particular like listening to thunder storms in winter when it’s cosy warm inside and the lightning flashes add a bit of extra oomph 🙂

  1. Wow! You really went to town on this one, adding an extra dimension to the poem. The sound effects are like little gifts – you’re good at gift-giving 🙂

    1. Thanks Jane 🙂 I wasn’t sure how it would go down, but I just wanted to play around with it a bit. I actually would have liked to have the sound playing without having to go to another tab, but I didn’t know how to do that, or whether it’s even possible.

      1. That would have been amazing – I think it can be done, but I don’t know how – do you ever go to those sights where they so that audio thing – it’s a bar with a triangular button on the left, which you click, and you hear a soundtrack. Plato uses it. Maybe you could use that.

  2. I like it! Very innovative. All the bits go together well. I’m still listening to the birdsong as I type this. It’s quite relaxing. Around the -1.39 mark, I’m sure I heard a cuckoo too. 🙂

  3. MOST exceptional! I LOVE the part part and sound of the trees. That’s exactly what I hear from my bedroom at night when the wind’s blowing. It’s so comforting. And if you listen close you can distinguish each type of tree’s own sound. They do make different noises.

    1. Really ?! I guess they would – the size, type of leaf etc would affect the sound. Bun said he could hear a cuckoo in the bird sounds. I’ll have to go back and listen to them again !!

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