Anne Hollier Ruddy grew up in N.Z, had a family in the U.K, then returned to N.Z. In 2000 she relocated to Queensland where, in 2006 she started writing poetry. Her work has appeared in various Australian anthologies and online. Now back living in N.Z, she continues to write and has discovered a love of tanka and haiku.
Anne Hollier Ruddy
Thinking About Death
Some things will be hard to let go:
yesterday's bud, now in full flower
the turquoise shimmer of a feather
tree trunks twisting like snakes
dawn treading softly into each day.
I'd miss nature in its gentle mode.
When people talk about death
they say it's entering another room,
slipping through a door or
following the light in a tunnel –
But we don't really know.
I'll just have to trust and see
if all those little deaths have
prepared me for eternity.