Category Archives: Original Poetry

All Jokes Aside, Hemi

tohunga toa te reo true korero wai the heron flew   the bearded bard spoke prayer or hymn and onward to Jerusalem some made the trek five to a car incense, myrrh – kissed his arse hung from his word such reverence a reading by his eminence the sad waiata the long lament leave poor […]

Working Men’s Dub

A bit of a do it’s Friday it comes around quick around here – up and down all around returned serviceman and he’s worked like the devil an Egyptian slave in the scorching sands of El Alamein   and what a racket ! but not as bad as those artillery shells Michele, I think she […]

  Gone to Kuranui (for June – toku tuahine)   a sun blazed hour where your smile returned idling, dawdling – such grace along the sands at Paekakariki where ancient sea smiled and hills watched how they shone sister like these – as green as the sea rosary beads her mother, she said had thought it proper from her to […]

Exile on Lame Street an early morningtide preamble – of sorts where pebbles, damp scrunch beneath these leaded feet that barely keep time or so it seems, these days but carry me on hesitantly, onward towards a reluctant bridge (sometimes you dont need one) or is it a coda – al segno ! while a somnambulant Maitai […]

Wahine Shore Ox blood, pounding – mad Like fuming southerly gale Nubile storm – keen With sodden earthly tussock Waka split, where Taniwha sang Turned my flesh to bone She, willing – churning guts Her rolling limbs Oh babbling tongue Where nerve and steel Held steady course To cunt line – Andrew The skin made new […]

The Return   Thick plumes, risingWhere the wood pigeon weepsAbove scorched remainsOf pungent kaiInfused, smoulderingSmoked by charred earthDried seaweed, KahawaiAnd Koura for bellyRough hewn pots, simmeringCalmed after heated furore While woven nets awaitAt waters edgeFor dawns first glimmerOh the springtide will returnAs promised, my daughterListen ! The waka taua is nearAnd your brother smiles, againWhile […]

Lying in her long veils on the calm black water

Dreaming in her pallor of gold through splendid cities with fair hair; pours burning love does he sink; that by starlight! he sings and the woods sing! In the wine of daylight the shivering willows. – of her long blue hair, to love in the rose. In a slumbering alder hemmed in by chimaeras. – […]

If My Words Were Water

If my words were water You would drown in meaning When I said “I love you” The inner secret That’s never born Shifting sands of dreams The zodiacs cross the planet Each house moves same like The way we cog and gear Upon our shoulders we bear The voice of your eyes More blue than […]

The Book

The paper curls It’s edges drenched by sunlight Certified chaos across the pages Without the luxury of leaving The pen strikes Thoughts transcribed An echo in such little space Watched on from The watchtower of repent The stain of the pages Strains the words Cast across To walk Main Street An opaque dream.

Hello Friend

  Playing my old guitar , Old days like dead stars, falling apart Memories hold me back, they’re trying to Steal my dreams away I’ve never seen such a lonely heart, making my six string Rot and stale. A broken guitar Broken from inside and outside I can hear the screams of pain that has […]


Hands in my face, disfiguring the eye beds figuring, I, me and myself. Losing now, has everything the child had in no defence, and I am finding all the extracts, now the laying lawn has taken in my old somebody else. The damage coaster dips to try, again a chilly abyss. You all don’t get […]


You gleaming like water evaporated by cause, I blew the chalk dust from my hands, Late on his deed it was done, It became another clown prince dream, For us time was a myth. Under the street lights at night, The fine arc of the distant moon mirrors my empty hands, Hands that bled at […]