Up and Down

Up there, down here. Makes sense when —
you read the poem below … ๐Ÿ˜€

Autumn medlars in Hamilton Park, Gore 30 April. Southland, New Zealand.

Time in Two Hemispheres

Up There, in the Northern Hemisphere

Time trickles through the Hourglass

Youโ€™re falling into Fall
Days are shorter
Longer nights

Less light
Less time




More time
More light

Shorter nights
Days are longer

Roots are reaching

Buds breaking .. blossoms making
Scents awaking .. Spring has sprung

Down Here, in the Southern Hemisphere

Gore Public Gardens, yesterday. Magnolia. Southland, New Zealand.

I wrote this poem and published it on my blog in 2018. Today re-published, slightly re-edited. –Liz

N.B. To see the ‘hourglass’ shape of the poem you need to view the post at my blog (WP Reader doesn’t format text correctly.. it doesn’t centre the text). Blog link: https://exploringcolour.wordpress.com/2022/09/19/up-and-down/

text, poem and photos by Liz; Exploring Colour (2022)

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  1. I love this, Liz. What a cool concept with the hourglass shape of the words of the poem and you pulled it off so well. The sun is rising so much later now and setting earlier. Contact with you and with a blogger from Australia help to remind me of the differences between the seasons in the Northern and Southern Hemispheres.

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    1. Thank you so much Mike! For us down here, we see so much published from the NH that we’re almost in danger of forgetting our own season! Gotta fight my corner lol ๐Ÿ˜€ Thanks for mentioning the poem shape.. for anyone else reading this, the ‘hourglass’ shape of the poem is seen best at my actual blog page as the WP Reader doesn’t centre the text – here’s the link for the blog page: https://exploringcolour.wordpress.com/2022/09/19/up-and-down/


      1. Thanks for the link, Liz, although that is how I read the poem initially. I rarely read from the Reader and generally click through to the actual posting. I have learned from experience that WordPress Reader does all kinds of things that can mess with the format of text and photos alike.

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        1. Yes I knew you’d been at the blog (because you saw the shape). I included that part for others who may be wondering about ‘the hourglass’ because they wouldn’t have seen the correct shape if they’d looked at the post in WP Reader – it’s really irritating the Reader doesn’t ‘centre’ text, grrgh! ๐Ÿ˜ฆ


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