Last Day of June and #30days wild

meadow ecosystem for haiga


I wake at dawn to the sound of lapping water,
the pungent scent of river mud,
stick my head out of the tent flap
to watch the peaceful Thames.

A hatch of midges dances erratically,
catches the first rays of the sun.
Eyelevel grasses glisten with dew
as silvered cobwebs join green blades in lethal network.

Lazily I roll over, yawn and stretch.
A cacophony of birdsong separates into distinct sounds:
trills, squeaks, coos of wood pigeons, chattering chaffinches,
melodies in harmony and à capella airs.

The siren song of the river beats at my will
until I squirm out of my sleeping bag and pull on yesterday’s clothes.
Bare feet cringe in cold, wet grass,
mud squidges between my toes.

I push the dinghy with a rasping rattle until it floats,
clamber in as the current takes hold,
drift peacefully
past pollarded willows.

Stubby trunks support an effusion of shaving brush fronds.
A pair of swans glides past – four cygnets in line astern.
I spy a gaggle of fluffy baby moorhens under the bank,
the triangles of their parents’ upturned tails nearby.

A silent shadow swoops above, neck tucked in,
as the heron searches intently for breakfast
in murky green water.
I am content.

 from A Prompt Each Dag   



This morning the sun said yes to the fog
and the river said thank you
for the chance to sparkle and glisten.

From the valley a blue updraft
of dust and seeds and wings
carries music and optimism.
Birds on a wire add sweet voices
to the refrain.

A grey bird turns yellow
in the sun, as a small miracle
of light bathes the field in gold.
Fold me up and leave me
to gather dust in that clover patch
of euphoria outside infinity.

Today is just such a day, and I couldn’t choose between these two poems for the last day of #30dayswild, so I give you both.


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17 Responses to Last Day of June and #30days wild

  1. DELL CLOVER says:

    Oooh, a double-coupon day, how lovely! Both are wonderful poems.

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  2. Absolutely glorious!


  3. These made my day, Viv. So beautifully and descriptively given…felt like I was there. 🙂

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  4. Tom Merriman says:

    I itched at the midges, Viv. I also like your morning feeling!

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  5. sumyanna says:

    Beautiful poetry!

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  6. julespaige says:

    I can do without shoes… and mud.
    I’m not a happy camper. I’m not sure what changed, as I do remember not being bothered so much by the thought of camping as a child. I think my body chemistry changed. And bugs now like to eat me, and too many plants don’t like me either.

    I do like both of your poems. They take us to quite contemplative places with nature.
    It has been a blast this month with Q. I’m not sure if I’m going to do the Daily with Phoenix Rising. I’m not particularly fond of the set up for comments there. I like people to come to my place and leave comments. And I am not particularly thrilled at leaving whole pieces in the comment section either. But I might do one or two… As they say; Never say never.

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  7. Thank you for your gift of two lovely poems 🙂

    I love the first stanza in particular of Euphoria.

    A hatch of midges – is that a real collective noun or did you make it up? It’s fantastic.

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  8. tialys says:

    I prefer the second one – mostly because I hate camping and the ‘mud squidges between my toes’ line reminded me just how much ‘)


  9. menons129 says:

    Viv, both are awesome.

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  10. Misky says:

    Wonderful! Both are treasures.


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  11. Jo Woolf says:

    For me, the second one is beautiful. Thanks, Viv!

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