End of the golden weather

From 100 New Zealand Poems for Children - illustration by David Elliot for poem Flying home by Elaine Lindsay

From 100 New Zealand Poems for Children – illustration by David Elliot for poem Flying home by Elaine Lindsay

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A dozen sparrows
sheltering from autumn rain –
on my drying rack.

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Heavy rain in Wellington today, with winds gusting to 61 km/hr. When I fed the local flock of sparrows in my courtyard this morning, the gravel was wet. But once the rain set in, the area turned into a pond, and the birds resorted to sheltering in my back porch (hence the new haiku). At the end of my street, the intersection was flooded, and pedestrians waded through ankle-deep rainwater.

The story of summer 2012/13 was rain, or rather the lack of it. Drought was declared for the North of the country on the 27th February, shortly followed by the rest of the North Island and parts of the South Island.

The prolonged dry spell was due to presence of large lingering areas of high pressure that dominated the weather across New Zealand. These areas of high pressure acted as blocks, sitting over the country while areas of low pressure, and their associated rainfall, skirted either side of the country. (MetService blog, A Look Back at Summer, posted on 19 April 2013 by John Law)

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New Zealand playwright Bruce Mason’s most well known play is The End of the Golden Weather, a classic work in New Zealand theatre which was made into a feature film directed by Ian Mune in 1991. Mason took the play’s title from that of a novel the narrator in Thomas Wolfe’s The Web and the Rock had wanted to write. It has become a cliche in New Zealand for the end of summer. (Adapted from articles retrieved from Wikipedia.)

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One thought on “End of the golden weather

  1. That’s a great phrase — I think I’ll pinch it for here. Our May (high spring) has had day after day of golden weather after a long dreary winter. Today the weather’s broken, with gray gray clouds.
    At least your rain brought forth a fine new haiku!

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