Elaine Riddell lives in Hamilton and has retired from teaching, but continues to take on a small amount of contract work. She enjoys writing haiku, tanka and other poetry and her work has been published in journals and anthologies in New Zealand and overseas.
Awards include first place in the Mu First International Contest, second in the moonset haiku competition (spring/summer 2008) and second in the Katikati Haiku Pathway Contest, 2008. Contact Elaine.
barley heads sweep
in a mexican wave
first white butterfly
not yet planted
the stream flows from shadow
road to the beach
wave after wave of blue
a pigeon wing tilts
to the rising sun
a harrier hawk
hangs in the air
cabbage tree fragrance
fills the spaces
the distant mountains
the footprints over the dunes
filled with shadow
the wading birds
gusty wind: moonset (US) spring/summer 2008.
first white butterfly: a taste of nashi anthology (Windrift) 2008.
moonlight: Katikati Haiku Pathway Contest; pub. Bravado 14, 2008.
road to the beach: Shiki Special Kukai in memory of William J Higginson (Shiki Haikusphere) 2009.
silver frost: moonset (US) spring/summer, 2009.
jagged mountains: moments in the whirlwind (NZ Poetry Society anthology) 2009.
off-street parking: seed packets:an anthology of flower haiku (Bottle Rockets US) 2010.
frost shimmers: Matsuo Basho Haiku Contest (Japan) 2010.
last sun: across the fingerboards (NZPS anthology) 2010.
morning shallows: Mu First International Contest (US) 2010.