Spring rains continued into
last summer keeping our
temperatures down, soaking
our land into watery Autumn.

Now winter has brought
icy rain and gales vast
drifts of southern snow.

Across our waterlogged sodden
land, loose rocky scree and
soil shift down rocky hillsides
steep gullies and cliffs, pouring
stony soil and rocks on to
main highways through the
Manawatu Gorge to Napier,
Ngauranga Gorge into
Wellington, along Kaikoura
coast to earthquake
shaken Christchurch.

After all our shaky isles’
earthquake upheavals
how strange to see our
land washing down in to
rivers and sea under
rain’s constant onslaught.

Previously posted August 2017.