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A Rainy Day


A Rainy Day

Here in North Wales we probably get more than the average amount of rain. Even so when looking through my haiku I was still surprised at the number that were about rain - and birds of course.

So here are a few haiku for a rainy day, arranged in a rather loose seasonal sequence ...

A Rainy Day

april showers 
sweeping the skies
a plover’s cry
swallow flutter 
among the cows -
rain stops play

‘Feathered Skies’ Proletaria (Spring 2020)

coot skitter 
among lily pads
summer rain

Wales Haiku Journal Autumn 2020

buzzard soaring 
above the mountains
thunder rumbles
wheeling gull 
behind the plough ...
distant thunder

Wales Haiku Journal Summer 2020

lights flicker 
after the storm
a robin sings

Hedgerow #133 Autumn 2020

chough tumble 
down the quarry face
rain turns to sleet

Wales Haiku Journal Autumn 2020

Artists Credit

The featured painting is from an original Watercolour Painting "Rainy Day, Denbighshire" by Claude Muncaster RWS RBA ROI SMA (1903-1974)

Claude Grahame Muncaster, was 
a keen sailor and Lieutenant Commander in the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve, who until 1923 signed his work Grahame Hall. He was among the foremost British marine artists of the 20th century. The son of landscape painter Oliver Hall RA, he first exhibited at the Royal Academy himself at the age of sixteen and his first one-man show was in 1926 at the Fine Art Society. Not exclusively a marine artist, Muncaster also was a successful watercolourist and recorder of the Sussex Downs and its environs, where he grew up. He became a member of the RWS in 1936 and President of the Society of Marine Artists in 1939. He was also the author of several books on painting.

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Josie Holford
May 7, 2021 12:42 am

A great retrospective! Some lovely images there. Thanks Clive.

Josie Holford
Reply to  Clive Bennett
May 10, 2021 11:44 pm

I actually like that. Not everything has to be new. I return to old and familiar poetry with pleasure all the time. So why not to yours?

May 7, 2021 1:04 am

There is something so relaxing and peaceful about watching a light spring rain, especially at either sunrise or sunset.

May 7, 2021 2:24 am

Beautiful haiku. I always look forward to your watercolor paintings. Sometimes, I imagine I am inside these paintings, enjoying the scenery. Thank you for sharing.

May 7, 2021 7:33 am

There is something rather wonderful about our “rainy days” isn’t there – and in that painting; and your haikus as always are vivid resonant pictures, Clive.

May 7, 2021 10:05 am

I have to admit that I’ve not heard of the artist. I now must search to see some of his maritime paintings! Some lovely haiku, Clive, and I know only too well what you mean when you say you get more than the average rainfall, more than your “fair share”. Same here! However, in the last couple of days, it’s been hail! Brrrr! Here we are in May and I’m still wearing a hat and gloves🤣

May 7, 2021 10:19 am

To read these in sequence is delightful, Clive!

May 7, 2021 5:34 pm

I’m so grateful for you sharing this art and these haiku!

Helen White
May 7, 2021 5:35 pm

Lovely collection!

Andrea Stephenson
May 10, 2021 2:09 pm

I’m not surprised there are many about rain – apart from the fact that we get our fair share of it in the UK, I always find the atmosphere and melancholy of rain very inspiring. And it seems you do too 🙂

May 18, 2021 12:25 pm

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