Poem of the Week-Misty Morning,State Highway1

Poetry Editor Gill Ward says: ‘I am delighted to choose another poem by Elizabeth Coleman, who was a long-time supporter and co-organiser of our local monthly café event Poets to the People.

Elizabeth Coleman

Elizabeth is a perceptive writer who can see a poem from all around her environment and life happenings – then is able to write about these things in a way we can feel we have been there.

It all looks effortless on the page but Elizabeth has edited and presented her poem with reflection and gentle fine-tuning.

She is a poet who can say so much in a small thoughtful few verses — a literary picture. This poem is a perfect example of her talent.

Here is her short writing bio:

Elizabeth is an admirer and supporter of NZ writing – especially poetry – in the creatively rich Kāpiti region. Her own poetry, short stories and review work have been in Fourth Floor, Takahe, RadioNZ, Swings and Roundabouts, Dear to Me and various other publications…


State Highway 1 



cows and fenceposts float

above glowglisten land 

soft waking sun peers 

through lifting brows

the sky a milky shroud 

maize tassels   

guardsmen’s plumes  on autumn parade


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