When the rain falls

  As the rain fell steadily, soaking the earth, I watched the season tilt towards winter and thought of Irihapeti.   Twenty years earlier, we sat in her Wellington garden, talking of grief and how it so often accompanies the midlife crossing.  She was...
Sudden storm

Sudden storm

  The odd thing was that just a moment earlier I had driven into a quiet patch where the rain had stopped and the air was still. I flicked off my windscreen wipers and drove into a side street. The next moment, in a blast from the skies, my little car was being...
Autumn leaves

Autumn leaves

  The leaves were ankle-deep on Alfred Street. I scuffed through them, enjoying their crackle, while stopping to pick up handfuls to throw in the air.   There I was in my red stockings and brown duffel coat, approaching the man whose job it was to rake up...
Outer to inner

Outer to inner

Here in Aotearoa the autumn rains have fallen — without a doubt — and the season has shifted abruptly. What is your response? I breathed a sigh of relief when the autumn rains first began (not knowing at that stage just how torrential and persistent they would be)....
In search of spring

In search of spring

    Grass is greening Branches falling         Spring awaits         While cold sedates         Wind and rain Rise again         Trees surviving         Trees...