Northland Riches

Tane Mahuta, ancient kauri, estimated 2000 years old!

I’m away in the North Island of New Zealand for a winter holiday and relishing the abundance of nature. It’s these times poems pour out of me, and below is an example. I dare say more ‘serious stuff’ will emerge when I return home and am back into counselling mode! Meanwhile, I hope you enjoy a taste of New Zealand native forest, where my heart feels full and warm and one with nature. Inspired in the ancient kauri forest. By the way, a weta is a giant grasshopper like bug – one you wouldn’t want land on you!

Pitter-patter raindrops

Kiss the ancient land

The forest speaks

Of a million years.

Silver fern umbrellas

Koru unfurls


Like tarantula legs.

Nikau palms

Shed heavy limbs

Whilst kauri trunks

Shed scales.

Life and death

In harmony



Lichen and moss

Rotting leaves

Sumptuous bed of regeneration

Weta in hiding (I’m pleased to say).

Scales and watermarks

Define kauri trunks

Commanding respect

Giant kings of the forest.

Steadfast yet vulnerable

To the nature of man.

There’re no straight lines in the forest

‘Cept those made by man

Nature recycles nature

‘Cept interrupted by man.

Ancient stories

Dinosaurs’ secrets

The trees could tell.

Let’s listen

(c) Karen Lighthouse 2022


Thanks for reading and take care until next time.

Comments and questions are welcome.

Words by Karen Lighthouse.

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22 thoughts on “Northland Riches

  1. Sherri Margolin

    Hi Karen, you are giving me inspiration. I like your writing and the layout of your posts. It’s very artistically done. And I like that you add a personal touch. Lovely.

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  2. Oooh, fab photos. I have a FB friend who lives in New Mexico, and we had a wee discussion about the word ‘weta’ – apparently it means ‘white lady’ there 😄


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