A modern nursery rhyme

This is just a bit of fun, and for anyone who feels that they can never do anything right! Little ArohaLittle Aroha sat on the floor “What are you doing that for?”Little Aroha stood by the door”What are you doing that for?”Little Aroha did her chore?”What are you doing that for?”Little Aroha went to theContinue reading “A modern nursery rhyme”

Unplanned supplemental

Good morning/good evening everyone. I was pushing my pen around a scrap of paper this morning while finishing my coffee when I started to do a silly exercise using four word statements….and the results are in: Good enough is good enough Let go of perfection Perfection let go of Of perfection let go Go ofContinue reading “Unplanned supplemental”

Journey to the centre of the earth

This poem was inspired by a random news article on the Bing homepage. I didn’t believe the headline so I used Google to do a quick fact check…low and behold…there is a borehole that goes down 12.2 kilometers into the earth’scrust. It’s in Russia. There are links at the bottom of the page if youContinue reading “Journey to the centre of the earth”

Expecting spring, remembering autumn

It is almost the official start of spring in the southern hemisphere. For most people, the scent of daphne flowers, pops of daffodil yellow and lengthening days are welcome heralds. I may have mentioned this before, my favourite season is winter. By my logic, that makes autumn (fall) my second favourite. SearchingA million leaves lieContinue reading “Expecting spring, remembering autumn”

Saying a lot about small things

Late at night, when the house is quiet and the cats have finally curled up for peaceful sleep, I can lie awake for hours with my mind racing from one elaborate scheme to another. Turning off a busy brain is not always as easy as just closing my eyes. Being about the quieten the noiseContinue reading “Saying a lot about small things”

Tanka and Sestina

That title sounds like an intriguing police drama, with powerful acting from an ensemble cast to rival Orange is the New Black! Alas, I am pitching a new TV show just yet. I have spent some time this afternoon pottering about my note books, trying to think new thoughts. One of the strategies I useContinue reading “Tanka and Sestina”

Three stories in one

I was drinking a cup of green tea this afternoon, looking out to the back yard. The winter sky was clear and blue, and the following poem percolated. It is three vignettes of life woven into a single piece. The missing The winter sky is blue Nothing left to say Everything used to be certainContinue reading “Three stories in one”

Secret loves

According to mafia/crime boss movies, it’s a natural part of married life to have a mistress. She the exciting one who makes you feel alive, your wife is the paragon of virtue and loving mother to the next generation, who perhaps doesn’t understand the real you. I have a mistress, and this is the poemContinue reading “Secret loves”

Onion skins

For those unfamiliar with Australian Rock ‘n Roll, in the 1980s we had a thriving local music scene. There were lots of locally grown stars (as well as those adopted from over the ditch…from New Zealand). One song that sticks in my mind is “Onion Skin” by Boom Crash Opera, in which the notion ofContinue reading “Onion skins”

Concert poetry

We are on day 5 of Lockdown 2.0, adjusting is easier for some than others. Since our last Lockdown (in 2020) New Zealand has experienced the luxury of life almost like ‘before times’, so the swift return was both a surprise and only a matter of time. The following poem I have dredged from theContinue reading “Concert poetry”