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Haiku Journey on River Dart by Jean Knill

Jean Knill has kindly allowed us to publish her haiku journey on the River Dart. The river flows through the Dartmoor National Park in Devon, England.
Jean’s Nature’s Kaleidoscope Folding Mirror poem had the most comments on fmpoetry last year. 
Haiku was the main inspiration for Marc Latham initialising  the Folding Mirror poetry form, and as far as Marc can analyse, Jean provides fantastic haiku examples both in form and quality.
Here’s Jean’s haiku journey, followed by her website link:
Newbridge on the River Dart near Spitchwick on...
Newbridge on the River Dart near Spitchwick on Dartmoor. The stretch here is popular with canoeists. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
On the River Dart 
We board at Totnes
on a cloudy autumn morn.
What delights await?
Ankle deep in mud,
heron standing regally
till its lunch swims by.
Red fox on the bank,
sated belly near the ground,
slinking slowly home.
Buzzards spiralling
as small birds flock together.
Safety in numbers.
Seal heads popping up,
inviting us to join them
for some water play.
Weary parent seals
look on from resting places,
floating wood pontoons.
Houses crowd the banks,
places reached by narrow lanes
for a quiet life.
Boats are moored here too
heralding Dartmouth’s approach
and the open sea.
Boarding for return,
rain drives us all to shelter
till the sun comes out.
Precipitating
raindrops pattern the water
all around the boat.
Bright shafts of sunlight
make the river spark and gleam
for an interlude.
Lower tide reveals
weird shapes of weed covered roots
of the trees above.
Totnes here we come,
disembark the tourist’s boat
for our homebound drive.
We will remember
how we spent a lovely day
on the River Dart.
Jean muses at: http://jakill-jeansmusings.blogspot.co.uk/
Shows the River Dart at Totnes in Devon lookin...
Shows the River Dart at Totnes in Devon looking upstream to the bridges (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
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