Early morning,
before the tractors are awake,
listen to the gentle words
of the warbler in the willows,

the oriole playing flute notes
that never quite make a song,
the brush of leaves, summer-dry,
when someone passes, furtive and sleek.

Listen before you scroll
through the litany of lies,
and perhaps bird-words will linger
and some of the truth will stick.

Gogyohka sequence for morning songs

looking south and west

on the telephone wire

the kestrel’s perch

a blackbird sings

suspended above hedge and nest

oblivious to property rights


morning music swells

the oriole section in the poplars

thrush and blackbird centre oaks

and on the right

woodpigeon percussion


waking to sunlight

pale as moonlight

silver in the grass where gold waits

strung with jewelled drops

of birdsong

What if


What if this morning were to be the last,

sheathed in rain,

unsheathed steel gleaming in the sky?

Would I take more joy in the head-high fescue

that overarches buttercup suns

and the blue skies of flax?


(A deer gallops into the meadow; russet force treading the misty white and yellow, hidden from sight where the willows and dogwoods grow rooted in frog water. Another minute, head turned in distraction, and I would never have known. These presences occupiers of this space where we walk, grim-footed with our measures and fence posts, quiver between the seen and unseen of this interlude).


And if the dark gripped tighter

and dragged us deeper away from the light,

would I still feel the touch of your hand,

soft and thorny as the dog rose flowers,

winding through the hibiscus?

This web of gathered morning

A morning poem inspired by Mick Talbot’s Epanalepsis poetry.


Morning creeps across a field of creeping sunlight,

Filling spider webs with crystal-spangled webbing,

Gathering night, shadows beneath the hedges gathered,

Singing low the songs of blackbirds where the cattle low.

I wake and wade the low sunlight, this web of gathered morning.

Misty morning

Another Rhyme Royal for the dverse prompt, because I like this form.


On these golden mornings of October,

When dawn light fills the valley sleepy pearl,

When stars have set and leaves fall without number,

Into the dewy meadow where mists swirl,

I hear the shattered peace, the bright jays’ skirl,

And wonder will I cease to feel the pain,

Of clenched heart, when the guns spew mortal rain.


Along the misty river

It’s open night at the dVerse pub, so anything goes. The photo is one I took this morning. The poem, a triolet is inspired by it.


Along the misty river fly

The ghosts of gulls with strident calls,

And I can barely see the sky.

Along the misty river fly

Shades of the lost, I hear them cry.

They search the banks as twilight falls

Along the misty river. Fly,

The ghosts of gulls with strident calls.