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A Year in Haiku


A Year in Haiku - In the evening light the hills glow golden brown; a Barn Owl hunts the woodland edge, picked out in the last rays of the setting sun - the sky to the west a faint wash of blue tinged with orange-pink. Yet it is still not-quite-dark. The Super Moon, rising over the hedgerow trees, splinters in their branches; throwing short spooky shadows across silver-washed fields; a shooting star - fizzes - a firework across the winter-spring sky ...

lights twinkle
in darkening sky
a curlew calls

Following on from my last post - Seasons in My Mind - a haibun, I felt the haiku poems may stand on their own or may even work as a linked poem, or haiku sequence, of the seasons - telling the story of a year ...

This post will be updated occasionally through the year - you may wish to bookmark it in your browser so that you can easily return to read the latest additions.

february days
blackbirds sing
by a roaring fire
distant bells 
across dewy meadows
a lark rising *

chirping sparrow
lark, and pipit sing
an unchain’d melody *

* My response to Carpe Diem #1648 skylark (hibari) Carpe Diem #1648

swallows twitter
among the sheep ‘n cows -
we stand ‘n stare
whisper’n willow *
twittering swallow
a moorhens nest

* My amended response to Carpe Diem #1649 shining wind (kaze hikaru) Carpe Diem #1649

spring passes
on butterfly wings
dandelion days *

swift scream
as winter blackthorn
passes into May *

* My response to Carpe Diem #1653 passing spring (yuku haru) Carpe Diem #1653

red skies -
from wind-tossed trees
stormcock sing *

clocks tick timelessly
a leaf falls *

busking swan
dancing sunbeams
fox trots away *

* My response to Carpe Diem Weekend Meditation #84 Quest for a new masterpiece "Movement" (Unduo) Carpe Diem Weekend Meditation #84

ducks dabble 
under golden willow
yellow flags wave
wagtail flit
between stone hedges -
cars race past
the hum of meadow
rainbow cast a summer sky
an artists palette
swifts scream
across thundery skies
on wing to Africa
drifting snow
shattering the silence
a Wren sings
a blush-pink morning
mirrored in feathers

[...] The bird upon the tree utters the meaning of the wind—a voice of the grass and wild-flower, words of the green leaf; they speak through that slender tone. Sweet­ness of dew and rifts of sunshine, the dark hawthorn touched with breadths of open bud, the odour of the air, the colour of the daffodil—all that is de­licious and beloved of springtime [...] —’Field and Hedgerow’: Hours of Spring. Richard Jefferies

Artist Credit

The Featured Image is a ‘Landscape of the Vernal Equinox’ by Paul Nash (1934) - sourced from Pinterest. He was passionately drawn to places in the landscape with ancient, and mystical connections, such as the Wittenham Clumps, and painted them many times over.


Coincidentally Kim writing in her blog ‘writing in north norfolk’ also chose this image to accompany her haiku ...

The Joy of Light 6

vernal equinox
a celestial boundary
traversed by the sun

Kim M. Russell, 21st March 2019

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Andrea Stephenson
April 3, 2019 8:18 pm

That’s one of my favourite Paul Nash paintings Clive – I saw it at an exhibition fairly recently in Newcastle. The haiku work very well alone as a journey through the seasons, but I did like the haibun too.

Andrea Stephenson
Reply to  Clive Bennett
April 6, 2019 8:08 pm

A lovely poem Clive – Jefferies description of summer coming was one of the first things of his I read and I loved the way he made it a sentient thing.

Andrea Stephenson
Reply to  Clive Bennett
April 14, 2019 7:41 pm

A lovely sense of music and rhythm!

Kim M. Russell
April 14, 2019 8:05 am

I enjoyed the image of the twinkling lights above and below and the suddenness of the woodcock, Clive, but I’m not sure what ‘roding’ means. I also love the vibrant colour in the ‘artists palette’ haiku and the wren breaking the silent white space,

Cynthia Reyes
Cynthia Reyes
April 14, 2019 7:28 pm

This is lovely. Clive. I saw and heard and felt. It all works together so beautifully.

May 4, 2019 9:16 am

Yes, wonderful painting and Haiku are such a concise and delicate way to focus on nature. Some lovely images.

May 5, 2019 4:25 am

Awesome response Clive. Thank you for sharing this with Carpe Diem Haiku Kai