Čížek is a type of finch called the European siskin. Čížečku is the diminutive word for it.

Čížečku, čížečku is a call and response circle game with actions to mime. It's asking the siskin finch how the poppy is sown, grown and eaten.

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Notes

Other possible actions for more verses:

zraje (matures)
sklíz (harvests)
lámou (breaks)

Game Instructions

On each numbered verse, hold hands going around in a circle on the 1st stanza and then on the 2nd stanza stay in place and mime the action as follows:

1. Mime scattering seeds around.
2. Put hands together (pointing up) in front of you and kneel down. Weaving hands left and right while slowly rising like a plant growing. End standing up fully with your hands together, pointing up on top of your head, like a fully grown flower.
3. Repeat the actions of #2. Then at the end rise hands in the air over your head and spread them out wide at your sides like a grown flower.
4. Swirl your hands near the ground like you're weeding and throwing away the weeds.
5. Keep hitting one fist on top of the other fist.
6. Mime eating.

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According to Wikipedia, this song "was performed in the past as an annual custom supposed to enhance the yield of poppy."

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Sheet Music

Sheet Music - Čížečku, čížečku

Thanks and Acknowledgements

Translation by Lisa Yannucci.

Photo of the bird by Sławek Staszczuk (photos [AT] hotmail.co.uk), CC BY-SA 3.0.

Photo of Poppies: Monique Palomares

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