on the road to Whangarei
we counted logging trucks
mostly empty
with trailers crouched

Some with lethal logs
held down
by fragile chains
to be avoided
on the switchback

I wonder
if there are any trees left
in the Kaipara.

Christchurch born and bred, but now a resident of the Kaipara, Maureen started writing rather late in life, and writes mainly poetry and children’s picture books.  She has a Diploma in Creative Writing from Whitireia and was short-listed for this year’s Joy Cowley Award.  Maureen travelled extensively throughout New Zealand with her husband during his years in the Air Force. She’ll always be a South Islander at heart, but is not sure if she could tolerate those cold winters now.  She has two children, five grandchildren and one great-grandchild, and feels at home in the far north.