paint me a shadow

light-window-chair-4web
A favourite corner in any kind of daylight

paint me a shadow
paint me a light
paint with your eyes
paint with delight

draw with a laser
outlines and tiles
paint a while, paint a where
and never mind whys

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The plant. The wall.

Creeping muehlenbeckia on Te Papa wall, Wellington Harbour
Creeping muehlenbeckia on Te Papa wall, Wellington Harbour
Creeping muehlenbeckia on Te Papa wall, Wellington Harbour

The plant beguiles
the wall. The wall
restyles the plant.

The plant outlines
the wall. The wall
declines the plant.

The plant, the wall
the one, the all.

Your fingers — a haiku

Young man in black robe arranges ferns on the white-painted back of a young Butoh dancer
Young man in black robe arranges ferns on the white-painted back of a young Butoh dancer
Ikebana friend and Butoh friend preparing for a photo shoot in a Kyoto garden, 1992

your fingers
fronding my spine—
green waters


Haiku written in a workshop at Palmerston North on Valentine’s Day 2019. Poem and photo cc by 2.0 Rachel McAlpine: copy and share as you please, with attribution.