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Feathered Skies


Feathered Skies - an e-Chapbook of Haiku

I’m a birdwatcher and I blog about, well birds. More recently I’ve been writing haiku about birds.

 swift s-c-r-e-a-m across the summer sky

It’s 2.30 in the morning and our dogs are barking. I grope for the back door, and let them out. Silence. Back to bed. Half an hour later more barking - out we go again. Shadows dance in the light of the flower moon. An owl hoots from the nearby woods. And a magpie curses. Back to bed. More barking. I give in and get up. Dawn breaks on the hill.

 first light   the pink of chaffinch in the cherry 

This one-line haiku is from a short collection of haiku recently published as an e-Chapbook. It comprises 15 poems - 3 Monostitch, 8 Monoku and 4 modern 3-line Haiku.

You can read and download (PDF) the collection by following the link here: ‘Feathered Skies’. It looks great on a Kindle.

Artist Credit

The featured print of Swift is by Leo Paul Robert (1851-1923). Typical of his work - the birds pictured against a stylised background of almost thundery clouds. You can almost hear them!

A short biography can be found here: Biography


Our dogs don’t usually bark at night - not without reason anyway. But I never did find out what set them off this time. Perhaps it was the faeries ...

 moonlighting  flower fairies in the night garden   

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Andrea Stephenson
May 22, 2020 4:27 pm

Your night time disturbance may not have done you much good at the time, but it resulted in this atmospheric post! I’ve downloaded the chapbook and will enjoy reading it – congratulations Clive!

May 18, 2020 3:29 am

Hi Clive, I visited the link given Feathered skies, i found the pages blank except for few words. Please ignore my message if you found everything alright.

Reply to  Clive Bennett
May 26, 2020 6:58 am

Thank you Clive

May 18, 2020 8:54 am

I love the idea of a one liner. Might help me get through my poetry challenge. I love the way you take us through your sleepless night. Don’t we just love our dogs. At least brings out a wonderful creative piece.

Reply to  Clive Bennett
May 24, 2020 3:51 pm

Such are the changes when people discover their local lanes!

May 18, 2020 9:00 am

Just been on your link. These one liners are a wonderful tribute to our feathered friends. Think I need to go on the prolataria website though to review or download. Could I make reference to these and share one of the one liners when I do some more bird poems. With your portrait of swifts, do these old paintings still have copyright?

Reply to  Clive Bennett
May 24, 2020 3:51 pm

Thanks for that as I was thinking of different ways of illustrating my run of poems. It’s suddenly so hot here I am exhausted by everything! Will have a go on proletaria and hope it works.

May 18, 2020 3:13 pm

Very interesting Clive! I enjoyed reading your “Feathered Skies” although I admit that I’m not sure about the one-line form! Good luck with the e-chapbook. I’ve been able to download it easily enough.

May 18, 2020 8:17 pm

The blunt heads of the swifts in the painting remind me of the swifts who flew into our bathroom when I was a child, and got stuck on the level floor. We put them on our tilted hands for them to get the right angle to fly away again. Extraordinary life, always on the slant, the sheer, the slope; explosive power of flight. Feathered skies and thunder! As you can imagine I find the idea of one-line haiku poetry challenging, and I like yours! It can evoke a single combined sound or scent.

May 19, 2020 10:28 am

How exciting, Clive, congratulations! I’ve taken a very quick peek and look forward to downloading it onto my kindle as you advise. Thank you!

May 26, 2020 10:18 pm

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May 27, 2020 11:49 pm

Congratulations, Clive! I enjoyed reading your post and sympathise with you about the barking dogs. I have downloaded your chapbook and have read it and enjoyed it. I will be revisiting it to savour it more slowly.

Padmini Krishnan
June 8, 2020 10:57 am

I had read the ‘Feathered Skies’ sometime ago, but read them again now. Enjoyed the haiku a lot…especially Dawn Breaks and First Light. Mine had appeared sometime ago, titled ‘Pinewood Hills’. Would you like to read it? Thank you so much for visiting my latest post.

March 3, 2021 3:38 pm

As you now know, I’ve just downloaded your published work and you so deserve to be chuffed…how brilliant is that! And I love the style of this artwork, capturing the movement of the swifts.