February 2017

all day long
Lake Ratapiko laps
a summer lament

shrove tuesday
my whakapapa stacked
against me

no moon tonight
for my words to muse on
bare-faced death

just an apple
scored
beneath a tree

all about
tundra
defrosting

finale — 
the wind mumbles on
about bees

the slow swell
of ripeness into
feijoas

just this once
and no other

acid reign
morphing words into
the one ring

star-gazing
within Salome's
seven veils

birth cry
the silence around
these words

quiet now
flesh felt scent
aquiver

morning light
is my awakening
again stillborn

still unborn
the weight of light
in his coffin

trailing off
in a whisper of wish
summer clouds

breathing out
words of consecration
breathed out

all the words
ever uttered
tidal flats

toon world . . .
Mickey and Donald
take the cake

(post US Trump/Pence inauguration)

dark is life
dark is death
das lied
von der erde

(after Gustav Mahler)

far away —
the sound of water
filling gaps

dawn chorus . . .
the theme echoes on
in the dew

a vast sky —
shards of darkness
hold the whole

heat wave . . .
a pond shuffles off
its sheen

dawn vigil . . .
light, in silence,
becomes light

desolate beach —
loneliness gnaws away
the edges

somewhere a tv
numbs the sound of nothing —
moonless night

morning fog —
brushstrokes from a dream
painting light

traces of dreams . . .
high winds shape cumuli
pregnant with change

fossil forest —
incoming waves obscure
a distant past

summer stream —
a mayfly breeding
shadows