Back Beach Poetry Trail

This beautiful trail in Port Chalmers was created by the Back Beach Writers’ Collective, a group of West Harbour writers and poets, and features the work of Port Chalmers ceramic artist Tina Grubba.

 

YACHT CLUB - ROBERT FREE
They flew a weathered windsock there
To indicate the breeze
Its lung was full of southerlies
From off the southern seas

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SHIVERY BITES - CELIA WRIGHT
Shivery bites – you know
what you eat when you
first get out, all cold and wet
Ah yes! Home made Anzac biscuits
from a brown paper bag

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THE ALBATROSS - RACHEL VANDERSTEAD
White wings reaching wide
He soars above southern seas
Embracing the wind

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LEAVING - JUDY FISHER
It is hard to leave the ever changing view
Of ships and wharves and sparkling sea
Goodbyes are tough
A lot is said but really not enough

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BOULDERS - JILL BALFOUR-SMITH
Water flip flip flips
Boats held gently
Hills drip grey mist

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SELF PORTRAIT - BARRY BRICKEL
I’m like a rusty old tramp steamer
Engine running to good steady revs
The sea can wash around
Do what it likes
The boiler tubes are kept clean
With good wine!

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CUPCAKES - DOROTHY HOWIE
Rest a while
Eat and drink your fill.
Green cup-caked islands,
Basined in deep blue.

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PORT OTAGO - GRETA DOO
Where islands
headlands seamlessly glide
A caucus of gulls colonise
the corrugated horizon
Loaded boat heads out

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KOPUTAI - TINA GRUBBA
Stone boat,
unmoved by the lap and
nudge of water
unfolding its veil
to cover you once again

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KAMAU TAURUA - ANNA HOLMES
Quarantine Island
A place to set nets
Catching pestilence
From over the sea.

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BEING AND POINTLESNESS - PAUL CHAPMAN
At this point
you are reading these lines.
The Yarra’s point of sinking is lost
There are no end of points at which a line can end.

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