Hovering like pink and white stars

a haze of flowers

floating above a green, rank grassy bank

gently buffeted by a breeze

skimming a sullen harbour

in an Auckland spring evening…

Weaving up the rank grassy bank

are, trembling in a gust,

blooms which will cease to be

as summer approaches

all that will remain are green blades

leaves leaning into the sloping lawn.

The setting sun

wrapped in violet clouds

slides light through hazy perforations

catching the Sparaxis blooms

on a rain-sodden, rank grassy bank

a glowing hovering haze

shimmering still, as the day is


and the evening breeze whips a sullen harbour.


Hauraki, 2010

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