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November Waifs


My Calendar(Haiku) - November

It rained and it rained and it rained ... cold wet November rain; the garden and fields around, boggy at the best of times, are waterlogged - pooling with water. And still it rained ...

low and silent 
jack snipe flush from
flooded fields

I guess there’s not many places you can see these birds from your back garden. They like feeding in the marshy headlands next to our fence.

In the next field a mixed party of Starling, Redwing and Fieldfare are roving about, rising en-masse seemingly without provocation, before settling in another part of the field.


The whole area around home is dominated by the Iron Age hill-fort - Dinas Dinorwic. The hill-fort sits on one of the summits of a long ridge running NE-SW. On the NW the ground falls away steeply to rough grazing and marshy fields (and our house) through which flows a small tributary of the River Seiont; and on the SE the ground falls away less steeply to the marshy valley in which the River Cegin rises.

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November 11, 2020 8:52 pm

You must live in a beautiful area. Your words paint a picture.

November 11, 2020 11:19 pm

A lovely haiku and prose. Very apt for freezing November.

Padmini Krishnan
Reply to  Padmini
November 25, 2020 10:32 am

I started writing haibun and moved to haiku later. Hope to see more of these works from you.

November 12, 2020 3:04 pm

I love you verse! And where you live! If I was able to I would move to Anglesey, not that far from you! An island! Okay, it’s got a bridge to the mainland but I keep looking back to time there and it feels like it’s calling me! Gosh! What am I saying at my age!
I hope Edo asks if he can plant your verse in his garden.

November 14, 2020 9:20 pm

You have a wonderful variety of birds. Strange we have had more sunshine so far than rain. Won’t last!

Andrea Stephenson
November 15, 2020 9:37 pm

A lovely use of alliteration in the haiku Clive and I can almost see the wet landscape from your words.

Josie Holford
November 16, 2020 12:34 am

Transcendent as always. Meaning that is takes me to another place. Thanks.

November 26, 2020 4:26 am

Sounds like you’re in a flood plain, almost. Great for birdwatching, though! That’s an excellent haiku. Please consider allowing me to display it in hokku form. It would be a fantastic addition to the Garden. Let me know, Clive. Thanks!

November 27, 2020 4:12 am

[…] This wet winter hokku was composed by Clive Bennett and can be found at this site. […]