• Darkness

    dog
    breath

    with
    its coming
    back

    is 
    God
    :
    awake

    only in
    the
    midst

    of it
    :
    rerum
    novarum

    the progress
    of light
    across

    the working
    slum
    :
    knowing it

    the soft
    susurration

    of
    nay-sayers
    :
    'nevermore'
    a raven fills the mouths
    of the poor
    :
    extinct
    light douses
    a nocturne
    :
    solstice night —
    what does it profit
    amid the stars?
    :
    so
    eloquent

    drip by drip
    the withdrawal

    of
    sight

  • Tui Variations on a Theme
     

    winter coat
    the tui riffs off
    'nevermore'
    :
    spring portal
    a tui becomes
    my rusty gate
    :
    a tui
    as if there is
    no tomorrow
    :
    out of breath
    the tui waits out
    the moment
    :
    out of gods
    the tui sounds out
    room for doubt
    :
    before light
    irridescence sinks
    in a tui
    :
    the tui
    lost for words
    bobs his throat
    :
    over and over
    the tui sounds out
    the sense of now
    :
    day moon viewing
    a tui sounds light and dark
    all at once
    :
    nectar-gorged
    the tui communes
    with itself
  • Cold
     
     
    cold snap
    what's left of warmth
    in embers 
     
    oh! the words that do escape
    hang too long in the air
     
    left over
    from far brighter days
    an apple core
     
    deeper into winter
    the heat pump hums for me
     
  • On Richard Gilbert's 61st birthday
     
     
    baby boomers rattle their sixties
     
    chanting 'amandla!'
    baby boomers ski 
    the downhill slope
     
    sexagenarians shooting blanks
     
    moonstruck
    I become
    its alibi
     
    time-tide
    no turning back 
    on itself
     
    Is this the way the world ends?
    Is this the way the world ends?
    Is this the way the world ends?
    Not with a bang but with a boomer.
  • Glaucoma

     
    glaucoma—
    a seer at odds
    with vision
     
    light
    strains the edges
    of itself
     
    astride dreams
    horizons gather
    to the flame
     
    under the weather
    my eyes acclimatise
    to their ends
     
    climate change
    I feel the earth
    for a pulse
     
    optic pressure—
    vision swells up
    in words
     
    measured—
    the range of vision
    and words
     
    all dark!
    between stars
    my light
  • Hiroshima - 70th Anniversary of the Bombing
     
     
    Hiroshima
    in flames of being
    here and now
     
    is this light?
    a little boy's weight
    on the wide island
     
    rain fills
    the space that was
    once yours
     
    on ones so silent
    the full impact
    of a scientific yes
     
    silence falls
    like a mushroom
    from the Enola Gay
     
    hollowness
    rings out loud
    from the sky
     
    i am
    become death
    atom by atom
     
    mumbling sky
    the build up of heat
    to come
     
    a true man
    without the sounds
    of agony
     
  • Nagasaki - 70th Anniversary of the Bombing
    (dedicated to Kaneko Tohta)
     
    Nagasaki
    where east meets west
    treading fire
     
    a fat man
    implodes in light
    the long cape
     
    ground zero
    a white wormhole
    opens at mass
     
    after light
    dark stains of martyrdom
    on stone walls
     
    seared through
    faces and forms
    at worship
     
    a fumi-e
    in deafening silence
    stomped under
     
    kakure kirishitan
    keloid hands break open
    the bread of words
     
    in light
    the death of martyrs
    reborn
  • Truth
     

    the statement in the next line is false
    the statement in the previous line is false
     
    rumours
    of evanescence
    persist
     
    underterred
    dead sea carrion
    stilling stars
     
    testament
    of a foreign will
    the flea bite
     
    holding on 
    to its becoming
    a chrysalis
  • Garden
     
     
    garden god
    in-breathing the smell
    of humus
     
    awake with words fall from the soil
     
    re-
    membering the dust
    I am
     
    down with worms
    fingering the cling
    of the earth
     
    eventide
    life-seeding the garden
    with little deaths 
     
    native chant—
    a kumara quickens
    in the void
  • Perseids
     
     
    Perseids—
    ashtral projection
    of an urn
     
    ever now
    the underbelly
    of stardust
     
    redshift
    stardrift
    lightsift
     
    Southern Cross—
    my albatross 
    of exile
     
    echo-light
    in meteoric fall
    of darkness
     
    in faith
    the cloud cover
    of doubts
     
    down-fall
    light's burn-up
    in coming
     
    sibilant
    the background resonance
    of silence
  • Examen - A Lament
     
     
    finger shadows—
    silent assassins
    grip my pen
     
    bomb victim,
    your otherness
    ends now
     
    on deathrow,
    your otherness
    ends now
     
    storekeeper,
    your otherness
    ends now
     
    black driver,
    your otherness
    ends now
     
    unplanned babe,
    your otherness
    ends now
     
    handicapped child,
    your otherness
    ends now
     
    terminal patient,
    your otherness
    ends now
     
    foreign pig,
    your otherness
    ends now
     
    docile lamb,
    your otherness
    ends now
     
    enemy ours,
    your otherness
    ends now
     
    tangata whenua,
    your otherness
    ends now
     
    brother, sister,
    your otherness
    ends now
     
    future life,
    your otherness
    ends now
     
    mother earth,
    your otherness
    ends now
     
    and thou 
    no breath at all? 
    thou'lt come no more 
     
    never, 
    never, never, never, 
    never more!
  • In Transit
     
     
    I am
    still welling up
    within me
     
    I am
    without
    object
     
    I am
    the all left out
    of equations
     
    I am
    misting up behind
    the I was
     
    I am
    a conjugal visit
    of being
     
    I am
    the night sky without
    a word
     
    up to
    my ears in
    I am
  • Asthma
     
    atonement—
    my breath at one
    with wind wheeze
     
    sound break 
    between lightning forks
    in-gasp gone
     
    the breath
    I left
    in the clay
     
    heaven-holed
    dark matter
    clogs the night
     
    misty shore
    nothing to grasp
    but breath
     
    asleep
    the habits of being
    breathe easy
  • An Anniversary Tribute
    (remembering Svetlana Marisova)

     

    silent bird,
    shadows of your voice
    stir the void
     
    valley mist—
    all the shapes words make
    of light
     
    empty now
    the presence that once was
    nothing but you
     
    twilight sky—
    the withdrawal 
    of your veil
     
    light-smeared
    and still waning
    crescent moon
     
    afterglow
    wisp by wick
    a candle
     
    nameless moon—
    spring light flitters
    the shadows
     
    after life
    slow deep September
    breaks the soil

     

     
  • War
     
     
    will thy will
    also be droned in heaven
    as it is on earth?
     
    another piece—
    in matching body parts
    she finds her child
     
    re-membering
    the love of the many
    in a mass grave
  • Spring
     
     
    something moves with darkness fresh green
     
    planting fruit of the earth human hands
     
    remember man the dust in we sprang
     
    in blossom born butterflies
     
    nothing so near lushness of now
     
    ground dark the end begin
  • Dawn Chorus
     
    the end
    of night
     
    burred
    in sound
     
    bird
    in song
     
    burd-
    en of words
  • A Thorny Issue
     
     
    is this 'rose'
    in all its rose-ness?
    how it pierces
    into my pain?
    how it spills dew
    down darkening red?
    its hint of breath
    in its surrender?
     
    to know this
    as a rose
    in my blood-beat,
    is it in the means
    to know it?
    or is this the end of knowing
    in itself?
     
  • Anthropocene Age
     
     
    end to end daze drone on
     
    year end and mine and 
     
    end of days in a daze
     
    dead matter matters too
     
    anoxic event in sight
     
    losing interest in their usury
     
    oozorious interest cripples the poor
     
    weapons oil the flow of greed
     
    the year fed up on the udder of lies
     
    recycle plan
    we become the 
    fossil fuel
    we exhaust
  • Enunciations
     
    Part IMother of Tenderness
     
    word-flesh
     
    is this 
    bloom
     
    the in-
    carnation
     
    of your yes-
    terday
     
     
    Part II
     
    with the breath 
    of darkness
    the word
    becomes
     
     
    Part III
     
    dawn herald
    the wordless prepares
    its nest
     
     
     
    Part IV
     
    in the East
    a still point escapes
    its birth cry
     
    the long wait of a falling hush
     
    maid in silence
    her eyes brighten
    with a word
     
     
     
    Part V
     
    'fiat lux'
    an empty nest blooms
    full of grace
     
    a yes word encircles the snake's hiss
     
    luminous dawn
    night's immensity 
    immanent now
     
     
    Part VI
     
    a call
    quiet enough
    to ignore
     
    a womb entombing silence
     
    am o
    am as
    am at
     
    am en
     
     
    Part VII
     
    in pure water
    a word incarnadine
     
    footfall 
    by lamp light
     
    the all fleshing out
    its path 
     
     
    Part VIII
     
    the sound of
    a word barely conceived
     
    utter sense of being
    enunciating a 'yes'
    bone by bone
     
     
    Part IX
     
    at this hour
    when the word is yet
    to be uttered, its breath
    barely a whisper
     
    when brooding wings 
    overshadow you
    with a stillness, far beyond 
    any possible eavesdropping
     
    when your waiting 
    rises to it,
    enfolding 
    its mystery
     
    when, for all time,
    all waiting
    comes down
    to this:
     
    a sublime silence
    putting its roots down
    into the earth of you
     
    a cloud
    of unknowing, now,
    so irreversibly
     
    your flesh
     
     
    Part X
     
    spring awakening
    a hyacinth overflows
    night's immensity