Wednesday, November 12, 2014

before dusk settles--By David J. Kelly--Ireland

before dusk settles

Herb Robert’s dainty wavering
in the gentle evening breeze …
Hart’s Tongue ferns now savouring
the dewfall, by degrees …
A Scot’s Pine, still, regretting
the limbs it left behind …
Two Goldcrests pirouetting,
their voices intertwined …

The setting is European, so some of the plants and animals may not be familiar:

Herb Robert is a small pink flower, with delicate leaves.
Hart's Tongue is a fern with a rather peculiar shape.
The Goldcrest is a close relative of the Golden-crowned Kinglet.


David J. Kelly is an animal ecologist based in Dublin, Ireland. While his day job revolves around science writing, his light poetry and Japanese verse forms (haiku, tanka, haibun and haiga) have been published in a number of journals and anthologies. He aspires to publish a book of poetry one day, when he has enough suitable material. David is a member of The British Haiku Society and Haiku Ireland.


  1. Nice job, David. A nicely-written and gentle poem. Thank you for sharing and continued blessings!

    -MJ (

  2. Hello, David! Thanks for the botanical lesson! Your poem is very creative and educational, too! Love it. Hope to read much more! Welcome to Whispers! Sheri

  3. Hi David! This is more than informative...the images of these beautiful flowers are transmitted to the mind in a picturesque dance routine. Very enjoyable. // paul

  4. Hi David and welcome to whispers. This was like a quiet meditation for me. A moment frozen in time and connected to Nature.
    I have been to Dublin a few times and love your country.
    Look forward to reading more of your work.

  5. Dear David,

    Welcome to Whispers and you are off to a great start with this beautiful poem "as dusk settles" I enjoyed it very much and thank you for providing us with the information on the plants and animals. It was very helpful to get a feel for your poem.


  6. An enchanting piece David. Thank you for providing the meaning of flower, fern and bird for us. This was truly beautiful! Have a blessed holiday, Connie