Home in the Hokianga

Our house

nestles into the top of a hill

overlooking the harbour

water stretches in all directions

as far as the eye can see

protected by steep promontories

edged by mangroves

fed by multiple sources

rivers, creeks, streams, the Tasman Sea

and by rain

sea mist and morning cloud
often rests lightly
over the nooks and crannies of the land

slowly retreating as the sun heats up
revealing the layers of hills and valleys
which frame the expanse of sea and estuaries
moved by the changing tides
patterned by the influx of rivers
rippled by breezes which come and go
and reflecting the clouds and colours
of both land and sky

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