May 2013

autumn wind —
a butterfly grows
more detached


grinding axes
a sharp tongue rubs me up
the wrong way


 

coolness!
the dark underbelly
of a rainbow


 

gone!
love-lies-bleeding
in the mist


 

autumn rain —
as the chatter ceases,
only her breath


cloud-robed moon . . .
it stalks me along
this path


 

after dusk
purple light rises
from the stream


 

a cool night —
my daughter's moon flutters
on the fridge


 

a mute child
finds it for me—
the way back


 

morepork!
across the night
we are one


 

twilight bird!
through the bush a wind
shaping sound


morning mass —
dewfall stirs through
the wine


 

distant voices . . .
the apparition of night
behind the door


 

the night agape
with a poem's caesura . . .
light before dawn


stormy night —
the distance between
then and now


 

insomnia!
night conjugates 'to be'
through the tenses


not so green,
a falling leaf spirals
through its is-ness


being now the am which will have been


 

wordless night —
rain's sound enters
the pool's depths


 

autumn dusk —
shadows become all
just like that


autumn rain
a grass blade resonates
within it


 

mirror mist —
an iceberg drifts
through my eyes


cowering clouds . . .
over the chasm's edge
a dream of flight


 

casting shadows
tonight's same old moon
doubting me


 

autumn night —
at the heart of it
this black hole


 

pastel moon,
sinking into
a daydream


 

morning mist —
a black swan shapes
its own past


night rain —
older than last year,
the sound


 

autumn night —
my eyes skim over
an endless sky


 

silent spring —
stillness hovers
in the wings


 

shallow stream —
leaf shadows drift
over stones


 

autumn light —
coolness filters through
butterfly wings


 

how predictable!
the poet's exclamation
goes on and on . . .
another tanka flounders
under too many syllables


 

chill moon —
trees rustle the colour
of the wind


 

stillness —
stained glass fluttering
though the ruins


 

autumn rain —
concealed in the night,
the moon and me


 

dead silence —
a falling leaf
enters it


closet moon . . .
a recluse comes out
of hiding


 

watercolour —
a swollen river muddies
a painted sea


 

night bird . . .
silence leans into
its cry


 

tussock mist —
dewdrops rise into
their own


 

reclusive spring —
sinking back to its source,
a twisting eel


 

autumn's end —
the moon pierces my doubts
with its light


 

tadpole jar —
the long day's escape
into dreams


 

weaving through
the intoxication of light,
pilgrim moths


 

fallen fig
the flower within
awakens


 

straight jacket . . .
within a chrysalis
flitting dreams


the death throes
of homesick invaders:
leaf debris


 

unable
to restrain the moon,
I lose sleep


 

autumn deepens . . .
too much to linger with,
moon on the lake


 

autumn deepens . .
while the moon and I meet
sounds of wailing


 

deepening autumn . . .
more than I can linger with,
the moon on the lake


 

sighing willow . . .
dawn goose steps once more
into a dream


 

distant thunderstorm . . .
heartbeats enter the tunnel
at the end of light


 

sinking stone . . .
what words left out
speak my name?


fitful sleep —
my desire becomes
the moonlight


endless sky —
the moon for a time
my pivot


 

autumn wind . . .
a flute enters the edge
of its sound


 

early snow . . .
a stillborn's coffin
descends softly


 

crushed silence . . .
magpies too wait out
the first frost


 

morning frost —
the voice I listen for
in the sun's rising


 

first frost —
a poet picks up manna
word by word


first frost —
the earth's purity
crackles


tunnel vision . . .
I thread meaning
from the dust


 

from alpha
to the omega —
the way home


 

deepening night —
a world of names enters
the nameless


 

sun strike —
the road ahead flares
into light


 

midnight chill . . .
an incoming tide
but still no moon


 

a praying mantis
sways in the cathedral
of her hands


 

autumn dusk . . .
I pass by shapes
I should know


 

just for now,
a rainbow being
just itself


 

shhhh!
a leaf's death throes
ride the breeze


 

digging deeper a death knell untold remains


 

dust particles —
I drift with my thoughts
through a sunbeam