My Haiku Calendar (2020)
I enjoy watching birds - but mostly now I write and blog about, well about birds, from the comfort of my favourite chair in the conservatory at home (if you’ve read my ‘About’ page you will perhaps get the reference).
This year I tasked myself with writing a series of monthly posts featuring my bird haiku - a sort of calendar or almanac. It seems to have been well liked; so pull up a comfy chair by the fire, perhaps with your favourite tipple, and read slowly through the years collection ...
sunny days tease the blackbird into song
red skies -Wales Haiku Journal Spring 2019
from wind-tossed trees
sunshine filling every room the cuckoo’s call
Presence (issue: 68) Summer 2020
sedge warbler climbing among flags sing incessantly
in buttercup meadows
above the mountains
a whitethroat bursting from the hedge the only sound
after the storm
a robin sings
Published in hedgerow #133
in darkening sky
a curlew calls
low and silent
jack snipe flush from
shattering the silence
a wren sings
Wales Haiku Journal Summer 2019
If you enjoyed these haiku and have a Kindle (or similar) then you can download more here - ‘Feathered Skies’. Published by Proletaria, as an eChapbook (PDF); it’s free - so go on!
The Featured Image of a Wren is a limited edition print from an original by Peter Hayman.
Peter Hayman (born 17 February 1930 in Uxbridge, Middlesex, England) is a British ornithologist and illustrator.
He worked as an architect for several years in London but in 1969 he became an artist. His main interest was water-colour paintings of British birds.
In 1991 he published "The Complete Guide to the Birdlife of Britain & Europe". This richly illustrated book with 3,500 water colour paintings which was published in collaboration with Rob Hume was translated in several languages, and became a popular bird guide in Europe.