Placid & Wild

Enjoyed this haiku poem published yesterday by Jane Dougherty. I admired how she skilfully wove the imagery of ocean and sky together with words. They seamlessly merge in my imagination and describe the essence of what I’ve seen when down on New Zealand’s south coast in wild windy weather.

First photo is from Jane’s  original post.


Placid & Wild

—  by Jane Dougherty


moon drifts

among swaying kelp fronds

of the ocean sky


serene the moon

though the wind blows wild

waves in the treetops


wild is the moonlight

the wind voices wailing

an owl sighs


Cropped from a photo of Nigel’s, from when we lived in The Catlins.

Posted by Liz; poem and 1st photo by Jane Dougherty, 2nd photo by Nigel.
Exploring Colour (2019).

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  1. Enjoyed very much the images and sounds created by Jane’s arrangement of evocative words. Also savoured the comments by Ann of the sounds a strong wind can create. The sound of a gale force wind whining in power lines is for me a memorable sound from my childhood in Orepuki. Plus some of my ancestors hailed from where Ann comes from, so a nice synchronicity there!

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      1. I was brought up in Caithness, the most northerly county of mainland Scotland. It can have very strong winds. (My dad was blown off his feet once!) At night the wind seemed to catch on anything it could and it could be very noisy. One of the most striking sounds was the long, low rattle that the slates on the roof made as the wind blew along them. I’ve never heard anything quite like that and the memory stays with me, all these years later.
        (But the eeriest wailing wind I’ve heard was the wind catching in the scaffolding pipes for the seating set up for the ‘Tattoo’ at Edinburgh Castle every year – that was a very weird sound!)

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        1. Few places in NZ have slates on the roof, I imagine the rattle could sound rather spooky! The wind in the scaffolding pipes – that would sound really weird and eerie. Great comment, thanks Ann!

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          1. The roof slates were a little spooky but mostly from just feeling how strong the wind was. But those scaffolding pipes were really strange – and carried far…

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