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Spring 2008, vol 6 no 1


Maria Steyn

in the mists
of last night's dream
you came to visit . . .
a budding oak tree
cradled in your hands


dark moon —
netting stars from the lake
I save them
secretly to drop one
into your tea each day


putting aside
ladders, ropes and chainsaws
tree fellers
gather for lunch
in the last pin oak's shade


a woman bends
over silk embroidery
stitching buttercups —
beyond the window dry leaves
tumble in icy gales


art in the park
the child in a wheelchair
draws a lion —
how quietly it roars
in its cage


a luxury train
snakes through the city
into sunset
bearing my hopes of escape
toward the mountains


in the breath
before the choir's Gloria
a shaft of light
from the stained-glass shepherd
reflects on altar steps


summer moonrise
beyond the computer screen
my efriend's life
on the other side
of the world


name Maria Steyn lives in Johannesburg, South Africa, with her husband, teenage daughter, Labrador and cat.

Poetry has always been a passion. In 1999 she discovered haiku via the Internet, and shortly thereafter tanka. Since then her haiku, tanka and haibun have been published in various international journals and anthologies. She has also won several awards for her writing.