Sunday, March 29, 2015

This Day--By Maureen Sudlow--New Zealand

This Day

Red berries on the deck
among the rattling swords
of the Nikau.

Sun-warmed wind
soft on my skin.

The shifting Paulownia leaves
painting shadow patterns
over the pebbles
with gentle hand claps.

Sound of birds
and a distant truck
winding up the hill.
Somewhere a dog barks.

In this sun, this wind, this day
I remember you.

Maureen and her husband Rod live in Dargaville in the Kaipara (New Zealand). Maureen has had poetry published both on-line and in magazines such as A Fine Line, and has recently published her first poetry collection Antipodes. She has a Diploma in Creative Writing from Whitireia, and was short-listed for the 2012 Joy Cowley Award for her children’s picture book Fearless Fred and the Dragon.


  1. Hi, Maureen, juxtaposition of your words - awesomely and carefully placed, as though gently, with a brush.. Very beautiful! Sheri

  2. yes, beautifully placed words. Unfamiliar named leaves, gives an exotic air. I enjoyed this poem. Best wishes, Ralph.

  3. Oh, the visuals afforded in this lyrical piece by the lovely and talented Maureen... Splendid!

  4. Maureen, what a lovely picturesque piece of work. Thank you for sharing your wonderful talent.

  5. Thanks so much for your lovely comments...They are appreciated

  6. Wonderful great visuals well done. Pete.

  7. Excellent imagery, Maureen! All help to bring back memories. // paul