Unless stated otherwise, all poetry on Swimming in Lines of Haiku is Copyright Kirsten Cliff and may not be reprinted in any form without written permission from the author. kirsten(DOT)cliff(AT)gmail(DOT)com

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

For My Northern Hemisphere Friends Heading Into Summer

summer preening

toenails, colour chipped, pearly pink
cotton balls, acetone smell
leather kit, instruments in place
sun on the stainless steel clippers
crescent moons jump across the grass
nail file, one side rough, one side fine
checking the edges with a finger
tissues, folded, rolled, threaded between
toes, outstretched, separate
new bottle of polish, shaken
hunched over, two hands busy
painting each canvas, twice
minutes, waiting, walking on heels
stepping out in jandals

Copyright © Kirsten Cliff
First published in Waiariki Today, Issue 6, October 2008

Papamoa Beach, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand by Kirsten Cliff

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