Pun intended

Today’s poem is from the genre “found poetry”. While tidying up I found a list of plant/cacti related puns written by my wife. I co-opted that list and come up with the following light and fluffy piece… Garden pun fun Nobody pots baby in the corner I’m not tired, just a little border Crazy plantContinue reading “Pun intended”

Happy new year and a poem

I have begun a new year tidy up of my home environment to help me transition back to working life after the summer break. What treasures I have found hidden in drawers and boxes untouched for months! So, I will blogging those and new works over the coming weeks. There is advice that we shouldContinue reading “Happy new year and a poem”

Shakespeare and Christmas

The title is pure click bait, I am not delivering a treatise on the Christmassy content of the Elizabethan Bard. Today’s post has none of the nuanced triple meanings of ye olde English. But there is a message of sorts and musing of thoughts. What if Shakespeare was right? Great philosophers ruminated for millennia AndContinue reading “Shakespeare and Christmas”

Christmas #6: A Summer Christmas

This poem is about a key part of any Kiwi Christmas – pohutakawa trees in full bloom! They are spectacular, one of many natural treasures beloved by New Zealanders everywhere. https://www.doc.govt.nz/nature/native-plants/pohutukawa/ Only two more sleeps to go! Pohutukawa You are an explosion of red and green Adorning front doors, greeting cards and nativity scenes StrongContinue reading “Christmas #6: A Summer Christmas”


Sometimes I feel invincibleAs if the world exists just for meSometimes I feel bereftMerely a shell, so empty.Sometimes the sun shines too brightAnd I need a sanctuarySometimes I feel loveReaching out to meSometimes the loudness of my thoughtsMeans I can’t hear anythingSometimes there is joyAnd hope and dreamingMostly there is flesh and bloodThat just keepsContinue reading “Sometimes”

Some words about sleep

Our brains need sleep. We all know that. Some of us need more sleep than others, but none of us can survive without it. The internet tells me “The longest recorded time without sleep is approximately 264 hours, or just over 11 consecutive days. Although it’s unclear exactly how long humans can survive without sleep, itContinue reading “Some words about sleep”

The Monday before Christmas

This morning the transit authority, due to operational issues, converted the timetable to a hybrid mix of half-hourly/all stops services.  I am lucky, I don’t work for a clock watcher and I don’t get paid per unit produced…but a lot of people do! So that got me to thinking, and I’ve been blogging long enoughContinue reading “The Monday before Christmas”

Sports related poetry

At a 20/20 cricket match. Full sun, moderate breeze, fighting the urge to do a parody commentary out loud. The cricketThey say there’s nothing quite like it:Standing at the wickethearing the crackof leather on willow.Wasting so much timelitigating a toe over a lineObsessively predicting cloudy or fine…And yet, here I am.Watching humans play whackbatbeginning toContinue reading “Sports related poetry”

Christmas Number 5

A little local flavour today. This one is from the archives, having been written about four years ago. It was inspired by a trip to a very popular pre-Christmas artisan fair: traffic was backed up for blocks; the sun was shining fiercely; and everyone was running our of festive cheer due to the crowds andContinue reading “Christmas Number 5”