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Winter 2006, vol 4 no 4


Sandra Simpson


reef sharks
the black eye
of the hibiscus
  clear water
the rock dissolves
into tiny fish
midday heat
rippling off the road
  summer rain–
folded umbrellas
at every table
before dawn–
the birds all
in my head

Sandra Simpson lives in Tauranga, New Zealand, in the aptly named Bay of Plenty. She is the founding editor of a haiku webpage which may be seen at and has a haiku inscribed on a river boulder in New Zealand's only haiku pathway at Katikati, established as a millennium project and recently extended. As well as haiku, Sandra also writes "regular" poetry, takes Chinese brush-painting lessons, enjoys going to the gym and walking, and does lots of reading, listening and talking (laughing optional).