Izzy’s Matapouri Bay

I was at Otaki College this morning doing poetry with a group of Year 9 and 10 students. I was really taken with the detail and sound as this poem unfolded. Being a big fan big of Matapouri Bay, this poem took me right back there.

Matapouri Bay

Midday sun bears down on the bay
hair whips around in a sudden, fierce breeze
starfish in the lowtide pools
clusters of small white flowers in the undergrowth
edging the large open green in front of the baches
slow estuary leading through the small dunes
clouds floating in an azure sky
families drift off to sleep
lulled by the soothing hush and hiss
of the waves.

Izzy, Y9

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