January 2011

the wording
of her epitaph ...
spring tendrils


 

spring tide ...
one godwit still
in flight


 

drowning
in the rites of death ...
autumn dreams


 

waning light -
the sea too flickers
with fire


 

southern cross ...
ancient dreams seep
through the gaps


 

making use
of the long drop ...
falling leaves

Simply Haiku - Autumn/Winter 2011
Haiku by New Zealand Poets, Past and Present - Selected by Sandra Simpson



a pukeko
sounds out the depth
of night


 

a bee
leaving itself
behind


 

green fields -
the children of Tane
lie beneath


 

cicadas ...
ancient ripples echo
among stones


 

starry night -
my shadow hides
the earth


hui tanguru...
a distant rumble now
the big bang


 

night sky ...
its fullness empties
over me


 

shrinking universe ...
hermit crabs assemble
in vacancy chains


 

winter garden ...
the scent of a woman
awakens me


 

kihikihi wawa ...
an acorn parts
from its cup


 

summer shade ...
a cloud of birds
takes flight


 

karakia
rising and falling ...
whaitere


 

first light
for many a haiku ...
sticky note


 

summer thirst
rain clouds settle
on my beer


 

billowing colour ...
the swish of her dress
at dawn


 

unfurling
within this stillness
summer clouds


 

wedding cups ...
within each one
the other


 

sixty-one summers ...
the stain of blackberries
his offering


 

summer's end ...
juice of an elephant heart
drips from her lips


 

cricket season -
pale apparitions
in the sun


 

cicadas
grind away the silence ...
ripples on the pond


 

tidal debris --
the ebb and flow
of words


 

bowing down
an agapanthus bloom ...
summer fullness


 

ancient tree ...
within the shadows
an apple rots


 

rock pool ...
the old man waits
on his own


 

Waitangi Day ...
kauris grow past oaks
in silence


 

summer heat -
active directory
on a break


 

summer garden ...
my nose wrinkles
in the pond


 

cicada
your ascent into song
all one imagines


 

hui tanguru
surf laps my midriff
beyond my return


 

boiling mud ...
even rocks may be
renewed


 

blemished moon
shining on the wrinkles
of the sea


 

the high price
of a cicada's silence -
summer sale


 

overkill -
possum introductions
to a virgin land


 

cicada chorus -
summer overflows
with sounds of praise


 

bikini girls ...
so many butterflies
pressed into skin


 

summer romance
going up in flames -
paper roses


 

Ruaumoko -
an unborn child kicks
against shadows


 

serval, otter,
buffalo and emu -
summer rain


 

autumn shelter -
a morepork's call leads me
into the night


 

twilight -
a stream cascades
from view


 

autumn dawn ...
asian paper wasps swarm
over haiku


 

haigha
through the looking glass -
march hare


 

autumn horizon
hine-nui-te-po waits
gathering clouds


 

ripening winds ...
the bloom of summer
scatters to earth


 

drinking
from my reflection -
lenten fast


 

autumn shadows -
within my footprints
a robin's meal


 

fantasia ...
distant strains now
an apocalypse


 

summer coda ...
a single cicada
droning


 

breaking dawn -
the newspaper
lies unread


 

bare rooftop -
a blackbird proclaims
its secret


 

dusky sound -
all that remains
of the day


 

bleak winter -
yet light breaks through
from darkness


 

pilgrim friend
fading into mist -
then her song


 

her passing -
shadow into light,
then out


 

the burden
of winter sun ...
snow drops


 

melting
within my hand -
your presence


 

thawing snow ...
the urge to be useful
drop by drop


 

river fog
sculpting dreamscapes
from clay


 

the spring
now in his step ...
her smile


 

godwit in flight ...
winter dreams linger
in her wings


 

leapfrogging
over puddles ...
sound of rain


 

while she turns
to view the moon ...
lapping waves


 

spring moonrise ...
tonight the rooftops
are mountains


 

without words ...
lighting one more candle
against the night


 

autumn sea ...
leaving my boat
behind


 

riverrun
past Eve and Adam's ...
even words fail


 

cradling
her frame of reference ...
misty vigil


 

this chill
I cannot name ...
draining light


 

even ducks
interpenetrating ...
last snow


 

the back roads
vanishing from view ...
winter stars