Eclogue: remembering rural life

An eclogue is a poem that explores rural life, usually via a dialogue between shepherds. The tone is usually very sympathetic to said rural life (as opposed to the corruption of urban/city life). If you have read some of my other work you will know that I struggle with optimism, my natural tendency is aContinue reading “Eclogue: remembering rural life”

Boot Camp Day 4: Nature from another perspective

I am one of the rare people who won’t watch David Attenborough documentaries. It’s not that I have anything against Sir David, I love the sound of his voice, and his obvious passion for the environment. The documentaries are beautifully filmed and scripted. They are works of art. I don’t like watching the realities ofContinue reading “Boot Camp Day 4: Nature from another perspective”

A reflection on Pink Shirt Day 2021

On Friday 21 May I joined many New Zealanders who donned pink t-shirts to show their support for inclusive, respectful and safe schools, workplaces and communities. Pink Shirt Day of course started in Canada in about 2008 and has spread around the world. Over the last couple of weeks I have been thinking about allContinue reading “A reflection on Pink Shirt Day 2021”