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Autumn 2005, vol 3 no 3


Sandra Simpson


going home
as the crow flies
only the moon
  moonlight –
by its absence
chokako’s gift---
one ink stroke
upon the sweet biscuit
  black birds
flock across the sky:
my freckled hands
harvesting potatoes
our hands touch
under the warm soil

Sandra Simpson has been writing haiku seriously for about 10 years, taking pleasure in both the need to observe her surroundings closely and the way it fits in with a busy family life. She lives in Tauranga, New Zealand, in the aptly named Bay of Plenty.

Sandra attended New Zealand's first national haiku conference in March 2005 which, among other exciting events, featured a reading of 20 seasonal haiku set to cello, which included sounds such as pine-cones creaking. Sandra had three haiku featured in the set. When she's not writing (or editing) haiku, Sandra is practising Chinese brush-painting, which she took up a year ago.


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