your book arrived
by post today, good to see it
out & you back on the NZ poetry
shelves, currently sagging with the weight
of recent voices.
in your absence
it seems every 'man and his dog's'
taken to poetry but you I would class
as one of our true poets, & a real survivor;
glad to have your book
with its interesting images, all made
with your distinctive but fresh paint. now,
you're back on the shelves, just
like that fine line in your poem,
'chasing unidentified light'.