Call of the Cuckoo - Richard Jefferies Reimagined #8
Have you heard a Cuckoo this year ...
[…]“‘There's the cuckoo!’ Everyone looked up and listened as the notes came indoors from the copse by the garden. He had returned to the same spot for the fourth time. The tallest birch-tree—it is as tall as an elm—stands close to the hedge, about three parts of the way up it, and it is just round there that the cuckoo generally sings. From the garden gate it is only a hundred yards to this tree, walking beside the hedge which extends all the way, so that the very first time the cuckoo calls upon his arrival he is certain to be heard. His voice travels that little distance with ease, and can be heard in every room.”[…]
The Hills and the Vale (1909)
sunshine filling every room the cuckoo’s call
The featured image of a Cuckoo is from an original watercolour (1976) by Basil Ede. A short biography can be found here ...
The recording by Stanislas Wroza is used here under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 license. This and many more can be found at - Xeno-Canto a website dedicated to sharing bird sounds from all over the world.
The one-line haiku was first published in Presence Issue 68