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... Continue Reading →

Parting, by Jane Dougherty

We have a lot of big, braided rivers in the South Island of New Zealand. This is a photo that Nigel took in the summer of 2009 when we stayed in remote farm accommodation in the Canterbury back country. We did day tramps (hikes) into the high country environment. Very beautiful scenery. Jane Dougherty posted... Continue Reading →

Purple Roses and Prussian Blue

It was a rare treat Saturday afternoon to attend a poetry reading by five southern New Zealand poets at the wonderful Eastern Southland Gallery in Gore. The opportunity to hear poetry where we live is unusual. My title was inspired by colour content from two different poems, colours always make a big impression on me!... Continue Reading →

Winning Words

"I’ve never floated for so long without the aid of a crane, suspension bridge, boat or pill! Next year, my debut collection will be brought to life by Hedgehog Poetry Press. This city of magic has never shone so magically like it has today…"  Damien B. Donnelly Congratulations Damien! In honour of you becoming a... Continue Reading →

Questions, few answers

Street trees ablaze with immense profusion of red crabapples, their fiery effect stunning in the bare winter landscape of Alexandra, Central Otago. Taken late in the day with the sun about to disappear, 08 Aug 2019. New Zealand. Earlier today, Jane Dougherty pondered weighty questions in her poem Questions, few answers. I invite you to... Continue Reading →

Not Mine

This light, this life   -- 'cascade' poem by Jane Dougherty. Blog:   Jane Dougherty Writes Mixed media art by Jodi McKinney. Nature photos by Nigel and Liz. The words are from the original post at:  This light, this life This light, this life --  poem by Jane Dougherty This light that shines is not... Continue Reading →

Let me see the day through

It's been one of  THOSE  days. Snow snowed, deeper and deeper. I made a pot of tea. Power cut. Came back on after an hour or so. Made coffee. Another power cut, out for hours this time, back on about 4.30pm. Why can't 'they' keep the power going when you most need it? Nigel went... Continue Reading →

Whispered Words

Poem by Damien B. Donnelly.  Arranged and presented by Liz. Last night you came calling like a song to soften the shadows and found me slipping in between the silence and the slumber. Last night you came calling softly with your whispering words that filled the longing, soft words that settled upon my bed like... Continue Reading →

Heart Vision

Heart Vision. ©2019 Louise Gallagher. In my heart vision I tear away the veil that blinds me to nothing but my fear of falling into the dark stagnant abyss where love will never find me

Nowhere To Go

Nowhere To Go.  ©Louise Gallagher. We danced at the edge leaning into the horizon where the sky bled blue in the limitless possibility of life spent dreaming of our tomorrows forever after. Day turned night fell dawn rose in the light growing dimmer grey on grey nothing but this place where you are gone and... Continue Reading →

Directions

About Wind: a few years ago we were living in an isolated valley on the south coast of South Otago where westerly gales regularly roared down our valley. One particular winter night Nigel was away and I was home alone. I guess there'd been a barrage of wind all day but I don't recall it... Continue Reading →

Connections

"I remember the morning this poem began and it was in Stockholm in the middle of a heavy fog as I traced a narrow path around one of the city’s many islands and at one point I came to a small deserted boardwalk and walked out into the morning, across the wood, over the water,... Continue Reading →

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