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New Zealand Tour Haiku #28

Posted: 24 July 2013

This peaceful ocean
Quietly roaring her name,
Gently shows her strength.

Bill Adair

Poem for the Day

Posted: 24 July 2013

If starry space no limit knows
And sun succeeds to sun,
There is no reason to suppose
Our earth the only one.
'Mid countless constellations cast
A million worlds may be,
With each a God to bless or blast
And steer to destiny.

Just think! A million gods or so
To guide each vital stream,
With over all to boss the show
A Deity supreme.
Such magnitudes oppress my mind;
From cosmic space it swings;
So ultimately glad to find
Relief in little things.

For look! Within my hollow hand,
While round the earth careens,
I hold a single grain of sand
And wonder what it means.
Ah! If I had the eyes to see,
And brain to understand,
I think Life's mystery might be
Solved in this grain of sand.

A Grain of Sand
Robert William Service 1874 - 1958

New Zealand Haiku #27

Posted: 23 July 2013

Pohutukama,
Those flaming trees of Christmas.
Winter paradox.

Bill Adair

Poem for the Day

Posted: 23 July 2013

The art of losing isn't hard to master;
so many things seem filled with the intent
to be lost that their loss is no disaster,

Lose something every day. Accept the fluster
of lost door keys, the hour badly spent.
The art of losing isn't hard to master.

Then practice losing farther, losing faster:
places, and names, and where it was you meant
to travel. None of these will bring disaster.

I lost my mother's watch. And look! my last, or
next-to-last, of three loved houses went.
The art of losing isn't hard to master.

I lost two cities, lovely ones. And, vaster,
some realms I owned, two rivers, a continent.
I miss them, but it wasn't a disaster.

Even losing you (the joking voice, a gesture
I love) I shan't have lied. It's evident
the art of losing's not too hard to master
though it may look like (Write it!) like disaster.

One Art
Elizabeth Bishop 1911 - 1979

New Zealand Tour Haiku #26

Posted: 22 July 2013

Ancient Maori crafts,
Untouched by modernity,
Still have tales to tell.

Bill Adair

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