December 2017

new year's eve . . .
a caterpillar lingers
over its food

frog haiku torn open to suggestion

conclave smoke
rising from a cardinal's
cigarette

stone cold light on a feather

past its peak
Taranaki loses
its last snow

haunting
karaoke bars
a drunken muse

old gargoyle
her eyes give away
what croaks hide

face to face
desolate beaches
laid bare

ill at ease
my eyes continue to roam
my dreaming mind

percussive sun
everybody
must get stoned

the fire
of birdsong
in a day's embers

po marie
I bury my words
in te reo

at the end
of all my wandering
clear cascades

southern star
a procession of monks
through the abbey

solstice dusk
a kitten silences
the cicada

my lineage
weathers into my face
autumn testament

post mortem
the hedonist hits
his dead-end

ta moko
a koru unfurls
though my blood

face to face
with my reflection
on mercy

a mayfly
fasting from the dream
of forever