Tag Archives: New Zealand

Continuing with words from Aotearoa / New Zealand

Praying the Hours on the Okura Beach There is a rhythm to it – a pacific ocean heartbeat. I At morning prayer the sunrise illuminates Rangitoto, the volcano island, like praise across dark water, light echoed by the sound of … Continue reading

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Guest Post — Storm in the Garden, Poems and Reflections

I was given a present last week! Two writers included in A Child Laughs – Prayers of Justice and Hope, Erice Fairbrother and Lynne Frith, and a third friend of theirs, Janet Crawford, gave me a copy of a small … Continue reading

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Continuing Monday poetry sketches from Aotearoa / New Zealand

Ruatara Chapel Beyond the window the tide is out on long bay Okura, as it must have been at Oihi when the Ngā Puhi chief welcomed the first sermon to the land of the long white cloud. Nicky is here today … Continue reading

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More poem sketches from Aotearoa/New Zealand

Dog on the beach The woman who is his companion says, “he only chases waves and birds, things he can’t catch.” I know so many people like that, and for some of them it is the empty snapping of deep … Continue reading

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Poems from Hobbiton

On Friday I went to see Hobbiton, the movie set for the Shire. Built temporarily for the “Lord of the Rings” movies and then taken apart so the farm could get back to farming, it was re-built permanently for the … Continue reading

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Against the Dark — Poems of Resistance, Reconciliation and Hope– guest post

I was so honored to be at Vaughan Park Conference Center for the launch of: AGAINST THE DARK    poems of resistance, reconciliation and hope by Joy MacCormick and Hayley MacCormick Other people have said these things: Reading poems from … Continue reading

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Poem-sketches from Aotearoa

Saying Kauri       (for Jacynthia) “Kody,” my friend says – you can say it that way. “It’s close enough. I honor your willingness to try Te Reo Maori, but … try harder. My poor ears! say it right or … Continue reading

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