As well as free verse, Max Ryan writes haiku and tanka. He also performs with musicians including the band 'kid sam' and violinist Cleis Pearce.


six days' rain


a swallow
almost reaches them -
storm clouds
lightning flash
steel glint
of the sea
the sizzle
of wet kindling
rain on the tin roof
a dragonfly
whirrs against the skylight
heavy rain
on the jacaranda
this sense of loss
overflowing gutter
the bed too wide
without you
                              (famous reporter 38: Dec 2008)