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August Silence


A Calendar of Haiku - August

We are bang in the middle of what’s called the ‘Dog Days’. Many birds now in moult, hide away, and very little bird song can be heard. But occasionally on a hot puthery sort of day we may get to hear a Whitethroat ...

 a whitethroat bursting from the hedge the only sound 

[...] Suddenly he crosses to the tops of the hawthorn and immediately flings himself up into the air a yard or two, his wings and ruffled crest making a ragged outline; jerk, jerk, jerk, as if it were with the utmost difficulty he could keep even at that height. He scolds, and twitters, and chirps, and all at once sinks like a stone into the hedge and out of sight as a stone into a pond.[...] The Life of the Fields - Richard Jefferies 1887

He so nailed it!

The haiku is another from my eChapbook Feathered Skies published by Proletaria.

Artist Credit

The featured image is from a postcard of a Whitethroat by Roland Green (1890 – 1972).

Roland Green (1890 – 1972)


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August 1, 2020 4:17 pm

I don’t think I have ever seen a Whitethroat, so I have just looked it up, only to find it is a summer visitor. What a delightful song! I note that today is Lammas, the beginning of autumn, so another chapter of the year begins.

Last edited 1 year ago by Ashley
August 1, 2020 5:38 pm

Beautiful art!

Andrea Stephenson
August 3, 2020 3:53 pm

If I’ve heard a whitethroat I’m not aware of it! Little birdsong today, just some gentle calls in the undergrowth.

August 3, 2020 9:00 pm

We have heard more Whitethroat than usual, this year. Jefferies describes them so well! ‘Puthery’! Wonderful!

August 5, 2020 4:58 pm

This is so beautiful and you clearly have talent in you.

Cynthia Reyes
August 25, 2020 8:52 pm

Thanks for using that word “puthery”! Many words are a combination of two, but I can’t figure where puthery comes from!