Daniel Greenwood

The river is all I can hear

Valleys and hills-1

The diptera’s wings
the low boil of an aircraft
the scribbling of this pen
on this paper
and the flutter
of the opposite page.

All that is without sound:
the valleys and hills
the glaciers created

the small spots
of trees in leaf
in the bright fields

the white butterfly
searching golden grasses
nettles and even me

for somewhere
to scatter its seed

© Daniel James Greenwood 2015

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Reed warbler


Reed warbler song
etched with green daggers,
elongated spears of leaves,
deep in the shadowy murk of


wet stems and skins:
a songburst like a child’s
rattle, but just one phrase
breaks into the alder-
leaden air, into willow bows,
extended over a pond fed by the
Regent’s Canal.


© Daniel James Greenwood 2015

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Blog birds -1

Long-tailed tit, Aegithalos caudatus at One Tree Hill Local Nature Reserve

Blog birds -3

Ring-necked parakeet, Psittacula krameri at Camberwell Old Cemetery

Blog birds -2

Magpie, Pica pica perched at Camberwell Old Cemetery

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