Birds From My Rocking Chair



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.

coot skitter
among lily pads
summer rain
chough tumble
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

Hedgerow (#133)

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 ...

Artist Credit

The featured image is from an original watercolour of Cranborne Chase by Philip L Eden, member of the British Watercolour Society (1924)

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Reply to  Clive Bennett
July 11, 2019 10:03 am

My patch is not far from Polperro! But rural rather than coastal. Very quiet, very peaceful. Plenty of birdlife. Generally nothing out of the ordinary although last year I was almost convinced that I hear a nightingale. I was prepared for it this year but sadly, nothing. I’ve not heard the green woodpeckers for a year or two. I’m hoping this year they will be back.

Reply to  Clive Bennett
July 12, 2019 10:44 am

Rich indeed, Clive. Your own area equally so, I think 🙂

Clare Pooley
Clare Pooley
Reply to  Clive
February 17, 2019 8:59 am

I thought your description of the book sounded familiar! I am so pleased you have found it again. Thank you so much for visiting my blog and for the follow. I will be following you, too. I haven’t had very much time for blogging during the past couple of years but I always hope to do better….

Cynthia Reyes
Cynthia Reyes
June 29, 2018 5:00 pm

I’m liking your blog. Thank you!

Martin Smith
August 5, 2018 4:27 pm

Hello Clive. You’ve recently liked my local patch blog about Hut Wood in Hampshire, so I read yours. Fascinating. Thanks very much. Ornitheology is a lovely word

Martin Smith
Reply to  Clive Bennett
August 5, 2018 5:21 pm

Gosh – not at all. I may have been writing for a while, but I have no clue about networking and spreading the word etc. Thanks

Marie E Good
May 6, 2019 10:31 pm

What a lovely blog you have here. I’m Marie Elena from Poetic Bloomings with Walt Wojtanik. My personal little site is pictured words, which I see you have kindly visited as well. Thank you!

Like you, I’m a lover of poetry, and of birds. I used to live on Audobon Lane in Poland Ohio. The street was appropriately named. The variety of birds was astounding. My husband and I have feeders where we currently live in northwest Ohio. Our area is well known for being a significant migratory path.

I was trying to figure out how to follow your blog. I hope the “subscribe” button is the correct way. If I have obviously chosen the wrong way, please let me know.

Thank you, and I look forward to sharing words at Poetic Bloomings!

July 11, 2019 10:00 am

Hello Clive, I’m so glad that you came across my blog – it has meant that I’ve discovered yours! I’m going to enjoy it here 🙂 I’m looking forward to reading more as time allows.

Reply to  Clive Bennett
July 12, 2019 10:42 am

I certainly will, Clive. I had noticed the Polperro piece (yet to read it) but not the Talland one. Talland is closer to us than Polperro though Lansallos is our nearest beach. (I have at least one post on both somewhere on my blog 🙂 )

Reply to  Clive Bennett
July 12, 2019 3:12 pm

I haven’t had an opportunity to look yet, Clive, so it may well be there. If not, I shall look forward to it around Halloween. (When sunshine, Wimbledon and gardening are no longer competing for blogging time!)

January 19, 2020 10:58 am

I’m enjoying your wanderings and their sounds so much.

January 19, 2020 10:59 am

I’m enjoying your wanderings and their sounds so much. Unfortunately I’m finding it difficult to leave a comment or even a like!

Padmini Krishnan
August 10, 2020 6:49 pm

Hi Clive, Hope everything is well with you. Thank you so much for visiting and liking my short story on the Terror House Magazine.