softly treading
a shag pile carpet ...
dream lover


 

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laurel wreath ...
a poet dusts
away words


 

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wasted breath -
exhaling words
all at once


 

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birds of prey
feathering their nests ...
advent greed


 

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bearing up
under the beams
of love


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morning praise ...
out of the mouths
of babes


 

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New Zealanders face a 5.7% chance of developing skin cancer. Although our climate encourages outdoor activities, in summer UV intensities are high due to the overly-thinned ozone layer, clean air, and because the earth is closer to the sun.

The most dramatic ozone losses occur in Antarctica, where spring ozone columns can be less than 90 DU. This ‘ozone hole’ lies well to the south of New Zealand and does not pose a direct health risk. However, when it breaks up, filaments of ozone-poor air can sometimes pass overhead.

Elijah once needed to escape the burning sun, just as he needed to escape the burning anger of Jezebel and find shelter under a small tree. The Holy Land is a land of little shade. People there prized shade and identified it with the presence of God.

 

in the shade
of a peppertree
I am who I am


 

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moon viewing ...
the cool air sipped
between clouds


 

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in spite of
the weather forecast ...
morning rain


 

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entering
the human heart ...
advent light


 

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ascending
Mount Taranaki ...
summer heat


 

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recipe
for disaster ...
her eyes


 

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blank pages ...
the poet turns over
a new leaf


 

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evening the odds of dying alone


 

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ancient light
rendering a statue
featureless


 

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early birds
summoning colour ...
wordless chant


 

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bridal haiku ...
the poet strips away
excess words


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shivers
up my spine ...
her eyes


 

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praying mantis ...
a priest seeks mercy
on his knees


 

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lonely moth,
I too seek shelter
from the night


 

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feeding
a mosquito -
just one


 

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has the sun
come to a standstill too?
lingering heat


 

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white Christmas?
the pohutukawa
bleeds colour


 

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taking flesh ...
the words of mystery
we caress


 

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days stretch into
the fullness of summer
but still ...


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oily light
skids off the ngaio ...
sultry afternoon


 

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lightning ...
the flash of thunder
before it sounds


 

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all this rain
as if something will change ...
the year ends


 

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swaying trees -
the sound of music
within us


 

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skipping
the light fandango -
new year shift


 

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aha
another year
atishoo


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monkey
in the middle ...
shadow dance


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still the sparkle
in a father's eyes ...
whispered haiku


 

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and yet
through her fingers
time without end


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imagine that ...
the unfolding night
between stars


 

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ahh moonlight!
this is the gift
she loved


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ebbing tide ...
dusk brims over
my shadow


 

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stillness ...
the tug of daylight
withdrawing


 

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life lessons
the gap between
two headstones


 

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dying light ...
come share my Ardbeg
wayward midge


 

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first rays . . .
sunlight awakens
the valley
how can the hills contain
all that lies beyond?


 

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