Listen to the robin

As I write this, the robin is singing outside. The sun is slanting up over the hedge. I can hear a rook on the roof.

I heard a lot of robins in Dublin too last weekend.

It’s time. The days are lengthening. We have daffodils and snowdrops and crocuses. It’ll be Lá Fhéile Bríde in a few days.

Listen to the robin. It’s worth your while.

I won’t say any more about his song. He’s singing right now.

Just listen.

Here’s a film I made about the robin’s singing in November a couple of years ago. Just four minutes long. It was published in the online journal The CINE FILES here.

MEmorial to the Moment from Tadhg Coakley on Vimeo.


Image of robin by Gareth 1953, Flickr Commons. 




Novelist, short story writer, essayist, sports writer. Crime novel: Whatever it Takes due out 31 July 2020. The First Sunday in September, debut novel, published in 2018. Mercier Press, Stinging Fly, Irish Examiner, Irish Times,, Holly Bough, Honest Ulsterman, Quarryman, Silver Apples.


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