Sandra Simpson lives in Tauranga. Two of her haiku appear on the Katikati Haiku Pathway, and her work appears regularly in journals (paper and online) both in New Zealand and overseas. She was the only Southern Hemisphere haiku poet to be included in A New Resonance 5: Emerging Voices in Haiku (Red Moon Press, US, 2007) and her work appeared in the third New Zealand haiku anthology, the taste of nashi (Windrift, 2008), which took its name form one of her haiku. She is editor of the Haiku NewZ webpages and secretary of the Katikati Haiku Pathway committee. Her first collection of haiku – breath – was published at the end of 2011.
each beach pebble
with its own lightning
MDW says: The drama of lightning is made tiny and particular by its effect on beach pebbles. Freshly seen.
my mother’s pallbearers
all tall men—
rain just when we need it
MDW says: The rain seems to appear when a funeral is at its saddest. We are left to wonder what this has to do with tall men.