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Autumn 2008, vol 6 no 3


Lorin Ford


turn of the tide –
the sea taking back
its jellyfish
with a pearl oyster –
new moon
evening primrose…
   hairpins working loose
   from her bun
  crescent moon
   a canoe slips away
from the jetty
winter solstice
  a seedpod returns
  with the tide

poet Lorin Ford left school at fourteen, preferring a 'glamorous' career in hairdressing to her year 9 correspondence lessons in a small Victorian timber town. Later, she received an Honours degree in English Literature and a Dip. Ed., and taught in high schools. Several of her poems and haiku have won awards, including first prize in the paper wasp Jack Stamm Award for haiku in 2005 and 2006. Her first haiku collection, a wattle seedpod, was published by Post Pressed (Australia) in July, 2008.