love paradise

love paradise
                             for Keikei

karaka bay
Karaka Bay at the fall of evening, picture by the Panmure Snowman

on
the
plainest
of shores
a night beach
in a half-moon
light under
a cliff of
pohutukawa
root and fallen
sandstone
to rub away
in wave
really
nothing plain
in such light
we trod on
over shell and
shallow pool
stopped to hold
each other through
the wall of skin and rib
heard the cry sharp
as longing of an
oyster catcher out
there on the low tide Continue reading “love paradise”

beyond the pale

beyond the pale
to Philip Seymour Hoffman RIP

beyond the pale
Philip Seymour Hoffman in ‘The Master’.

brother
i never
knew you
in what
we call
‘real life’
only knew you
in your ‘performances’
on screen
those off-camera
the private agonies
cried out between
you and the mirror
who would guess
or want to guess
knowing you only
for what you
showed in
acting
something beyond
the pale beyond
Continue reading “beyond the pale”

better than both

better than both

Happy_Hour
The good ship ‘Happy Hour’ waiting for the happy cats to sail it away!

this morning
the estuary was
monet
cezanne
and better
than both its
gloss and
dabs of
shadow
were,
not ‘as
they were’
the sky
a living
cerulean
blue not
ground in
any workshop
ever

tamaki estuary
morning, 9 may 2016

Copyright © 2016 Peter Le Baige. All Rights Reserved

The music is from Franz Liszt’s ‘Bénédiction de Dieu dans la solitude’, interpreted here by Stephen Hough.