From Eurobodalla


Australia’s New South Wales south coast towns and villages of Eurobodalla stretch from South Durras, just north of Batemans Bay, through Moruya and Narooma to Tilba Tilba in the south and westward to Nelligen. Popular locations in the area include historic Mogo, the Tilba region, Bodalla, Nerrigundah and the beachside villages of Broulee, Mossy Point and Tuross Head.

Whilst living in Sydney, I was lucky enough to travel down that way a few times and stay long enough to capture these special haiku moments. As I’m used to writing haiku in more overt environments and given the subtleties of the Australian landscape and cultures, I found this collection one of my most challenging to date. I hope you like this short sampler of what will be in my forthcoming book of short poems from this beautiful part of Australia.

grazed knees
the skate trick gone wrong

not for sale
the minimalist art
of fishing nets

oblivious to billy tea
wallabies graze away

rocks frame
a dampened cormorant 
inviting sun across her wings

salt-worn jetty
Gran's sandy toes
scratching mine

stranger's footprints
to the water's edge
~ a lone surfer

hills ease into a setting sun
~ bottle of the best bubbly

the incoming tide
waving goodbye
to sandcastles