We are having the most wonderful autumn in Dunedin – sunshine, warmth with an absent wind. I was planning to go to the beach straight from work yesterday but when Barry rang  and said a parcel had arrived I popped in home, gathered breath and continued on to the beach. I sat there, watching waves, surfers, and families, while paddling in and out of breath. This is a stunning first collection of haiku from Sandra Simpson. If your memories of haiku are from school days when there was a strict 5,7,5 syllable count then breathe easy – haiku is less constrained these days.  Here’s a little taste:

end of harvest
we pull out the leaves
on the dining table

rain and more rain
the welcome mat
begins to sprout

breath can be purchased directly from Sandra, find our further details here. And look out for Sandra’s haiku in the winter Poems in the Waiting Room poetry card, it is marvellous.

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