above the saltmarsh skylark wavers on the breeze a duet with reeds Kim M. Russell, 16th April 2019 My response to Carpe Diem #1648 skylark (hibari) Throughout April we are exploring classical and non-classical kigo for spring and today we have another classical kigo taken from the Shiki saijiki: hibari (skylark).

Goodbye Mundane Monday

I wake up early and greet another day, a mundane Monday, damp, cold and grey. Winter should be over, or so the buds tell me, there should be sunshine and daffodils. I watch a smoking feather, a skylark rising, and then a second hovers above the winter field – then another, and another ascend into […]


My response to Imaginary Garden with Real Toads Kenning Challenge   I was woken This spring morning By a cheerful early-riser Nimble high-climber Above the trees Feathered wind-hoverer On the April breeze Tinkling rain-singer Of unbroken melodies   © Kim M. Russell, 2016 Image found on www.rspb.org.uk

Early Morning Exaltation

My response to dVerse Poets Pub Poetics : Poetry is for the Birds, inspired by Shakespeare’s Sonnet 29: “the lark at break of day arising / From sullen earth, sings hymns at heaven’s gate”.   Up with the lark’s early morning exaltation of exclamation curlicues and marks that punctuate the sky thrillingly trilling high above open fields […]