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The Cry of a Gull


The Cry of a Gull - Cameos of Birdlife #6

I woke to the cry of a passing seagull - his call tossed about in the gusty wind - ‘flee, flee Jack, flee1. For a moment I am a child again, at the seaside, in Cornwall. Gulls calling all around. But here in the foothills of Snowdonia we are more used to hearing the throaty ‘kronk’‘kronk’ of Raven and the ‘mewling’ of Buzzard. Perhaps I was dreaming ...

march winds 
the sound of the sea
in a gulls cry

Gulls, especially the Herring Gull, have long been a part of our human landscape, just as likely to be seen in the heart of a big city as in a seaside town, estuary, or the farmers field. For some, more common than House Sparrow or Starling.

drifting gull ... 
beneath the mist
the river widens

Wales Haiku Journal Winter 2019

wheeling gull 
behind the plough ...
distant thunder

Wales Haiku Journal Summer 2020


Try playing the song of the gull in the background while reading the post! And let it play out ...

Artist Notes

I know very little about this painting, or the Artist, other than it was painted by Robert Palmer, who was born in Birmingham and studied graphic design and theatrical design at Birmingham College of Art. He lives in Herefordshire where he continues to paint in oils and watercolour.


The recording by Rombout de Wijs is used here under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 license. This and many more can be found at - Xeno-Canto


  1. Jack or Cousin Jack is an old name for a Cornishman more particularly a Cornish Miner
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February 25, 2021 2:08 pm

You are surrounded by nature and you feel it too. All three were amazing haiku.

February 25, 2021 2:23 pm

I love that sound…the seagull’s cry (we have gulls in KY). Excellent hokku (all three), Clive! My trowel is calling…I must obey.

February 25, 2021 2:27 pm

What a great way to wake up! My friend, you lit up my day with this. Thank you

February 25, 2021 5:24 pm

We hear gulls a great deal as we’re not too far from Lough Neagh! I love that first verse!

Reply to  Clive Bennett
February 26, 2021 2:55 pm

We’ll probably pass you on the way over there, as we would like to return to North Wales. However, It’s all very confusing now: we live in the UK but have a border with the UK in the Irish Sea so we’ll cross a borderless border into RoI which is in the EU to get the ferry from Dublin back into the UK. And we’ll need Euro’s to make the journey from one part of the UK to another part of the UK. (Sorry Clive, all of this makes me😠)

February 28, 2021 5:29 pm

[…] This oceanic hokku was composed by Clive Bennett and can be found here. […]

Andrea Stephenson
February 28, 2021 5:44 pm

I love that idea of the sound of the sea blown inland Clive. It’s a sound I hear every day so it would be strange without it.

March 24, 2021 2:41 am

You brought nature to me for a while. A beautiful post.