“Appeal for Scottish garden bird count” (Claire Everett)

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daybreak
a glass bell
of wren song

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Headlines:

“Appeal for Scottish garden bird count” (BBC)

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Poem by Claire Everett (see poet biographies). Read more by this poet.

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  1. Chris White

    Wow Claire, beautiful! Thank you for this. I absolutely LOVE the middle line… just WOW!

    The image resounds with sound and light, with fragility…

    and reading the article after first getting the above impressions, I see that ‘fragility’ is a very apt sense for the poem to have in relation to the news about the threat to the small bird population…

    Incidentally, I recently found out that in winter wrens nest communally. They literally huddle up together, sometimes in very large numbers – a nest of 100 or more isn’t uncommon! One place they often choose to do this is in the hollows of large trees. I’m not sure what other locations they choose to nest like this, but I don’t think it is only done in tree trunks. Perhaps you already know about this, but I found it fascinating!

    Also, this reminds me of a haiku which appeared in the latest issue of Poetry magazine (and which Peter Yovu mentions over on The Haiku Foundation forum):

    Window reflection–
    The baby sparrow sitting,
    Listening to glass

    (hope the formatting comes out right, it should all be centre-justified)

    Anyway, once again, thanks Claire!

  2. Chris White

    Oh, I should say that the quoted haiku was by Stephen Ziliak. And, oh dear, the formatting isn’t right. I’m sure you can use your imaginations though!

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