SNAIL IN A HURRY

Sorry – I think I’ve had a rush of blood to the head…

Oh the flurry
and the worry
of a snail
in a hurry
and the time
and the slime
left behind
as he scurries

and did you
ever see a bear
sliding backwards
on his rear
just to
hide a tear
in his pyjamas

and the beat
of the feet
where the
wild things meet
while the
dance band plays
and the belly dancer
sways
and the wall-flower
is glued to her seat

and a dragon
on the wagon
with his dragon tail
waggin
and the fire
going higher
til it lights
his funeral pyre

and the snail
goes home
for a rest…

© Maureen Sudlow

snail in a hurry

NUKUHOU SALTMARSH

hidden fern-birds
among the salt marsh
small and secretive
crouching
in protective denseness
where the Bittern’s
hopeful booming
echoes in drum notes
across the reeds

wetlands2

wetlands3

wetlands

Fernbirds (matata) are poor fliers who can sometimes be seen scrambling through dense vegetation. They are heard more often than seen.  Unfortunately we weren’t lucky enough to see them this time…

The Australasian bittern (matuku) is also an endangered species, and has a distinctive booming call during the mating season.