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April Morning


A Calendar of Haiku - April

Sunshine streams through the bedroom window; curtains blow gently in the morning air and dust motes caught for a moment - shine like tiny golden stars.

”There's the cuckoo! … Everyone looked up and listened as the notes came indoors from the copse by the garden. His voice travels that little distance with ease, and can be heard in every room.” ...

sunshine ...
filling every room,
the cuckoo’s call

The Hills and the Vale 1909 - Richard Jefferies

Listen out for them from around the 14th April. Sadly, I haven’t heard a cuckoo here for a good few years now.

The photo was taken one early morning last April, looking straight into the sun through a dusty, rain spattered, bedroom window.

The recording in this post is used here under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike license. This and many more can be found at the excellent resource - Xeno-Canto

Next month - ‘Sedge Warbler Sing’

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Colin Blundell
Colin Blundell
April 1, 2020 7:10 am

Thanks, Clive. Lovely! Hope you’re OK in these Dark Times. At least the haiku keep on coming – they serve to sustain the present moment and all the moments from the past.

April 9, 2020 8:11 pm

Hello Clive! Just checking to see if I can comment now. I enjoy your haikus very much – and the cuckoo’s call! How nice that you know the Quantocks and the Mendips. I grew up by the Quantocks and my mother now lives near Nether Stowey – where I heard three cuckoos in three combes a year ago. A wonderful place and I know it well. Thank you for the beautiful collection of treasures on your blog, including Richard Jefferies

April 13, 2020 2:54 pm

I love this little verse

Reply to  Clive Bennett
April 14, 2020 9:48 pm

yellowhammer singing very sweetly, and brimstone and peacock butterflies. Such a beautiful spring in a London garden! Clear skies, slowing down and creative works indoors. No walls with inner freedom.

Reply to  Clive Bennett
April 24, 2020 6:32 pm

It is a very beautiful spring.