Walleah Press

NATHALIE BUCKLAND


winter paddock
the horse's breath
warms my hands
 
clearing sky
a watermelon rind
on the tide line
 
afternoon sun -
the whiteness
of a gliding egret

[famous reporter # 39 : Jun 2009]

 

a mug of coffee...
new screws in
my old table
 
a cat bird cries
I stroke the trunk
of a brushbox
 
flowering gum
the flash of mirrors
from her skirt
 
monday morning
sequinned sandals under
my pandanus

[famous reporter # 37 : Jun 2008]

 

winter grass
the wheeling kestrel's
russet back
 
midday hush
sound of the cow
breathing
 
bush track
my puppy runs towards
a lyre bird's whistle
 
roosting doves
the goanna's claws sunk
into the bark

[famous reporter # 35 : Jun 2007]

 

A week in Tasmania : haiku sequence

take off...
the plane's underbelly
lit by sunrise
 
arrivals gate--
today's face masks
the child I knew
 
bitter morning
bridge piers skewer
the pewter Derwent
 
90th birthday
she still sparkles
over champagne
 
Port Arthur--
a parrot perches
between bars
 
placid inlet
smoke rises from
the Isle of the Dead
 
sun-warmed sandstone
the roughness
of weathered chisel marks
 
memorial garden
a rabbit
pauses on the path
 
quiet road
the kilometres marked
by dead Devils
 
leaving
the corrugated coastline
     tilts

[famous reporter  # 34 : Dec 2006]

 

parched grass
the bird pulls a worm
from its shadow
 
winter lullaby
the baby grasps
at her breath

[famous reporter # 33 : Aug 2006]

 

blossom -
I walk through the sound
of bees
 
hard-baked earth
a broken hippeastrum
oozes sap
 
cliff-top walk
heavy rain joins
sky to ocean
 
sleepless night
I tap out syllables
on my pillow

[famous reporter # 31 : Nov 2005]


NATHALIE BUCKLAND, who lives in Nimbin, has written poetry since childhood. Having discovered haiku a few years ago, she is now a member of the local haiku groups 'cloudcatchers' and 'Wollumbin Haiku Workshop'. Her work has been published both in Australia and overseas. She also sings with a women's band.