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Field of Dreams


Field of Dreams  - I know, I know, a bit twee but I’m in a nostalgic mood - fields of golden corn; a profusion of poppies and the soporific cooing of wood pigeon from the nearby copse all day long - the stuff of daydreams ...

hazy sunshine 
a wood pigeon’s song
warms the day

Perhaps this should have been my Haiku Calendar for August, as you’re just as likely to hear a Woodpigeon as a Whitethroat.

Lev Parikian, writer and conductor, describes their song as a cooing sound, with a lilting syncopated rhythm, although he also goes on to say “[...] there’s a throatiness, a sort of ’40-Marlborough-A-Day-For-Thirty-Years’ quality to it [...]”. More usually described as “coo coooo coo cu cu”.

Artist Credit

Another from my collection of limited edition prints by Mary Dipnall, who says “[...] she would rather be sitting in a meadow full of wild flowers, sketching with the sun on her back than anywhere else. [...]”

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August 19, 2020 10:14 pm

A beautiful picture that goes so well with your words. And the sound of the wood pigeon is so familiar to me, as in a previous home there was a small copse at the bottom of our garden and we often heard them there.

August 20, 2020 12:17 am

What a lovely sunshine soaker, clive – poppy wheat field and pigeon and lying in that, looking at the sky

August 20, 2020 3:44 am

Well said

August 20, 2020 12:07 pm

Hi, Clive. Great painting, verse and sound! Wood Pigeon are so common now and their ‘song’ is something everyone should recognise!

Reply to  Clive Bennett
August 21, 2020 9:11 am

Ah! The wonders of technology! Look what the pandemic has done….Zoom, Duo….! Everyone seems to be using it. I’ve just joined a book club, via Zoom. I could not have imagined this even a few years ago.

Last edited 1 year ago by Ashley
August 21, 2020 12:13 am

Beautiful and the picture has some very striking poppies. Yes, a lovely haiku for summer as it evokes our senses to see and hear.

Reply to  Clive Bennett
August 21, 2020 10:58 am

I think so. I should try it for one of my poetry challenges.

Padmini Krishnan
August 22, 2020 12:38 pm

Beautiful haiku. Just submitted a Wood Pigeon haiku as well:) Dreamy painting

Josie Holford
August 24, 2020 10:57 am

I’ve always loved the call of the wood pigeon. The sound of solitary times in woods in childhood.

Reply to  Clive Bennett
August 24, 2020 4:07 pm

Wood pigeons! I’m sure they are considered a pest on the arable farms around here but I love to hear them. There’s a melancholy element to their call which suits my mood these days!
Then again, there’s the Collared Dove! Can we write a verse for them?

Andrea Stephenson
August 24, 2020 4:19 pm

Maybe on a chocolate box it would be twee, but I don’t think there’s anything twee about the beauty of poppies in a corn field with the sounds of birds!