Hello, thanks for dropping by. I’m Clive by the way, sometime philosopher, thinker, dreamer, birdwatcher, poet, and occasional writer. Living and writing in beautiful North Wales.
still waters a fish jumps ... through my reflection
I like to think of this as my signature haiku. Written only a couple of years ago, but about a day in my early teens (way way back!), watching birds on a small private lake in Somerset; in pensive mood. My memory as clear today as the lake was then ...
in between then and now a moment
But mostly I write and blog about, well about birds.
distant hills across the vale skylark sing
I share my passion for birds with Richard Jefferies, a constant companion, and inspiration; many of my haiku are inspired by, found in, or derived from his writings and essays - his prose reimagined.
I’m a regular contributor to the Wales Haiku Journal edited by award winning haiku poet, Paul Chambers, and published in partnership with the Wales Arts Review. Here are some of my latest.
among lily pads
down the quarry face
rain turns to sleet
(Wales Haiku Journal Autumn 2020)
Some of my haiku (mostly one-liners) also feature in recent issues of Hedgerow - a quarterly short-poetry journal; Presence - Britain's leading independent haiku journal; and The Bloo Outlier Journal - an exciting new on-line journal.
harvest moon hidden by clouds a flock of plover
sunshine filling every room the cuckoo’s call
Presence (issue: 68)
frosty morning scrumping apples redwing in the garden
The Bloo Outlier Journal #1 Winter
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!
So come, find a comfy chair and join me, if you will, as I ramble through the year, in a celebration of birds - in art and anecdote, poetry and prose ... My latest thoughts, poems and other scribblings can be found in my Blog here: Blog Posts. And please don’t be shy on leaving a comment - I’d love to hear from you ...
The featured image is from an original watercolour of Cranborne Chase by Philip L Eden, member of the British Watercolour Society (1924)