the wording
of her epitaph ...
spring tendrils


 

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spring tide ...
one godwit still
in flight


 

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drowning
in the rites of death ...
autumn dreams


 

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waning light -
the sea too flickers
with fire


 

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southern cross ...
ancient dreams seep
through the gaps


 

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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



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a pukeko
sounds out the depth
of night


 

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a bee
leaving itself
behind


 

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green fields -
the children of Tane
lie beneath


 

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cicadas ...
ancient ripples echo
among stones


 

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starry night -
my shadow hides
the earth


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


 

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night sky ...
its fullness empties
over me


 

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shrinking universe ...
hermit crabs assemble
in vacancy chains


 

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


 

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kihikihi wawa ...
an acorn parts
from its cup


 

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summer shade ...
a cloud of birds
takes flight


 

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karakia
rising and falling ...
whaitere


 

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first light
for many a haiku ...
sticky note


 

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summer thirst
rain clouds settle
on my beer


 

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


 

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unfurling
within this stillness
summer clouds


 

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wedding cups ...
within each one
the other


 

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


 

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


 

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cricket season -
pale apparitions
in the sun


 

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


 

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tidal debris --
the ebb and flow
of words


 

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bowing down
an agapanthus bloom ...
summer fullness


 

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ancient tree ...
within the shadows
an apple rots


 

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


 

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Waitangi Day ...
kauris grow past oaks
in silence


 

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summer heat -
active directory
on a break


 

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summer garden ...
my nose wrinkles
in the pond


 

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cicada
your ascent into song
all one imagines


 

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hui tanguru
surf laps my midriff
beyond my return


 

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boiling mud ...
even rocks may be
renewed


 

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blemished moon
shining on the wrinkles
of the sea


 

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


 

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overkill -
possum introductions
to a virgin land


 

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cicada chorus -
summer overflows
with sounds of praise


 

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bikini girls ...
so many butterflies
pressed into skin


 

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summer romance
going up in flames -
paper roses


 

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Ruaumoko -
an unborn child kicks
against shadows


 

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serval, otter,
buffalo and emu -
summer rain


 

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


 

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twilight -
a stream cascades
from view


 

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autumn dawn ...
asian paper wasps swarm
over haiku


 

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haigha
through the looking glass -
march hare


 

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


 

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