—500 meters : Mountain cafe!—

You cook dinner
with your old apron on
the one that still has blood
from my tooth you yanked
two years ago

—400 meters : pony rides!—

Yeah Jazz is on
which is cool but more than that
is me: who is dancing
wait, not just dancing but

—300 meters : real crystals! —

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Tiny tricks of vintage blues
I tear the streetlamp from the roots
and gesture upwards, past my brow
to skies unlit by fire towers.

Trigger tails of unmatched hue
I sit in silence open mouthed
as mesmerized by ticking time
as tree leaf branches’ ending chime.

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[Untitled] Balloon


My earth was bare and open to all
I swept myself wide and inhaled
the breathing of the long willow wisps
waving hello to the swathe.
My horizon was long and luxuriously so

with nothing to hinder the wide smiling world
upon which draped my earth room legs
until the gaze of the coming dawn.
Here was a palace, a magician’s parlor
a restful place for the resting traveler.

Oh look!
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Towel Off


Towel off a bit,
draw up a stool
you and I are going to chat.

You aren’t so empty—
oh, to the contrary
you’re vibrancy incarnate.

Your tidal waved attitude
you swell so well
and it goes–unnoticed.

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Leading the Brigade

My Auckland e-bike, a long black thing sporting a waterproof saddlebag and a rectangle motor which spoons my seat tube, is heavy.

The bike is hard to hoist over fences and it gets caught going up curbs. It’s tricky to swing around to fit the bike stands and near impossible to rotate it to hide the saddlebag from lazy snatchers. It’s especially difficult to maneuver over little Samu’s scooter which sometimes (often) falls to the floor of the tiny shed where the e-bikes are stored.

If it didn’t have a motor, with it’s pedal-assist purring features, I would be very strong. Or I would be habitually late for my weekend shifts in the city.

But for all my complaints, the heaviness lends a hand in a few areas.

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Why I Paint My Toenails

I’m your classic case of an internally-distraught people pleaser.

I would like everyone to be happy, preferably on my account. So that they will like me and I will like myself.

But when I draw one knee up into my armpit chest, and let the other one fall open, and I unscrew the lid of the toenail polish—a dusty rose—and I rest my cheek against the bone of my knee as I stroke, stroke, dab, stroke at the nails on my calloused feet, swipe at the bit of dusty rose that dribbles on floor, wipe my finger on the paper towel next to my foot—

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At the Coffee Shop One Afternoon


When the man in the hat ordered a beer
from the high school barista at the coffee shop,
I politely declined the impulse
to stare;
in his funky, retro cowboy-hat
and single, dangling hoop earring
ordering a beer from the kid behind
the espresso machine
who giggled.

Poor kid.
I wondered which was redder:
the lad’s salty cheeks
or the man’s full-body unitard.

The man in the hat asked
a second time
for a beer:
“Warmed, if you have it,
like milk.”

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Poetry in the Rough


Brazen chipped callous
lines side of left toe,
stretches, white, as I stretch

toe pockets marked with shadows
echo tide pools and wave drops
pitter sand from the mat of the car.

Chalk elbows graze
along the grey window sill,
dragging slip lines of dust mites
bits of me I haven’t missed.

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The Trouble with Dozing in Parks

“Hey, excuse me?” called a voice.

I jerked awake; and was horrified to find I had slipped into fetal position mid-doze. I pushed myself up to lean, awkward, like some uni-legged creature.

There was a man standing behind the knee-height wire fence which separated Starling Park from the streets of Ranui. He had black pants and a dusty white t-shirt, which revealed sleeves of tattoos. He looked mid-twenties. Arriving at my mermaid seat from the heart of deep sleep, I was confused at his expression. He wore a mixture of concern and immense curiosity; as if he had never seen a female before, or he didn’t know the earth was round and was aboard his first airplane ride.

“Excuse me?” he repeated.

“Yeah?” I replied, leaning back on my arms to balance my posture.

“Are you alright?”

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He walked high
and loose
noteworthy jingles in his gait;
the last was
a pocket of change
from the corner shop
and the first
the cataracts
we politely ignored.

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The Sands Tell Tales


The sands tell tales of arduous tracks
of long, lumbering earthy strides;
there are those before me

who have pressed
the sand with leaden burdens
and dragging

the prints of souls unsatisfied.
Then there are

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Shell Theory


My praise is but
the catacombs of waves
the stuff of ant children
and young sunflowers.

Waves speak quieter
than I,
and go much further.
I wave,
the whole earth grows—
how my arrogance is so!

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