Hello, thanks for dropping by. I’m Clive by the way, sometime philosopher, thinker, dreamer, birdwatcher, haiku 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
This one a favourite ‘found poem’ from the essays of Richard Jefferies, a constant companion, and inspiration; there is always one of his books on my coffee table. I am passionate about his writing and many of my haiku stem from a reimagining of his prose.
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 my latest.
among lily pads
down the quarry face
rain turns to sleet
(Wales Haiku Journal Autumn 2020)
Two of my one-line haiku also feature in the current issues (Autumn 2020) of Hedgerow - a quarterly short-poetry journal, edited by Caroline Skanne, founding editor, and Presence - Britain's leading independent haiku journal.
sunshine after rain the forest stretches
sunshine filling every room the cuckoo’s call
Presence (issue: 68)
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)