Saturday, 24 June 2017

Jackdaws



The Cherry Picker

Silver hooded stealth
Picks fruit just ripening red
Enough to eat, shoo!


Glastonbury Abbey

Above the old ruins
Rising in a slow spiral
Jackdaws dance at dusk




Sunday, 7 May 2017

Swifts and Sparrows

Swifts overhead

A glint of metal
Catches my eye, high in sky
Palette knife paints blue


Sparrow Lane

Street theatre in tree
Leaves shake with laughter, cheep! cheep!
Sparrows tell rude jokes




Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Herons, Swans and the Somerset Levels



Herons

Waterway clearing
Wading the reedy rhyne mud
Herons pace tractor

Clearing ditch and drain
Dredged up silt slicks and weed sedge
Herons yaw for fish

Swans on the Marshes

Swans on the green sward
As tho' a'sail upon land
Strange sails gathering

Cheddar

Grebes and moorhens dance
Dallying on the bright lake
Look! Reservoir bobs...

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Heron



On the roof, long legg'd
A strange feathered weather vane
Cranes round: points to ponds




Thursday, 26 January 2017

Sixteen seagulls

Sixteen svelte seagulls
Lawn dancing. A fine supper
In feather ball gowns

Sixteen shrill seagulls
Squabbling over spilt chips
Take-away tourists




Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Rooks at Solstice Park

Hands in pockets, sharp!
Sauntering past for chip scraps
Black suit bold as brass

Ragged as the wind
And just as wild. Squall feathered
Car park scavengers

Cheeky chip-napper!
Droll streetwise vagabonds dip
Free to take away  


Monday, 31 October 2016

Starlings in October


Over Brands Hatch

Fleeting forms billow
Abstracts on a big blue sky
Murmuration art

Garden Tree

Quick! The tree, safe now!
Six speckled sisters chatter
Starling fledglings fly