107 places

A DAILY BLOG FROM 2010 to 2014
people in 107 countries have come to this blog : albania / algeria / argentina / armenia / aruba / australia / austria / bahrain / bangladesh / barbados / belarus / belgium / belize / bosnia and herzegovina / brazil / brunei / bulgaria / cambodia / canada / chile / china / colombia / croatia / cyprus / czech republic / denmark / ecuador / egypt / el salvador / england / fiji / finland / france / georgia / germany / ghana / greece / guatemala / honduras / hong kong / hungary / iceland / india / indonesia / iran / iraq / ireland / isle of man / israel / italy / japan / jordan / kazakhstan / kenya / korea / kuwait / latvia / lebanon / liberia / lithuania / luxembourg / macao / macedonia / malaysia / mauritius / mexico / moldova / mongolia / morocco / myanmar / nepal / netherlands / new zealand / nicaragua / nigeria / norway / pakistan / panama / peru / philippines / poland / portugal / puerto rico / qatar / romania / russia / saudi arabia / senegal / serbia / singapore / slovakia / slovenia / south africa / spain / sri lanka / sweden / switzerland / taiwan / thailand / trinidad and tobago / tunisia / turkey / ukraine / united arab emirates / united states of america / venezuela / vietnam

31 December 2012

terrace slice

A little city terrace I love
and the people who tend it.
Photo: C and C terrace, Hong Kong 

30 December 2012

soon soon

Soon soon, two
friends I love
will be with me.
It's like waiting
for the moon.
Photo: Streetlit tree, Hong Kong

29 December 2012

good day

Please sing today, it is 
a birth of a good day. 
Photo: Singing in Mongkok, Hong Kong
Text: for I and me, and also for T and M,
and for C, S and D

28 December 2012


Every day is holy, every where.
Photo: Digital screen and opening, chapel, Hong Kong

27 December 2012

citrus sink

On the way to 
Photo: Our kitchen sink, New Zealand

26 December 2012

rise and shine

Rise and shine, 
my mother used to say,
especially when we wanted 
to do neither!
Photo: Morning garden, Carterton, New Zealand

25 December 2012

red garden

Make a beautiful day.
Photo:Cherries from the garden,
Carterton, New Zealand

24 December 2012

one eve, another

It's Christmas Eve, 
a week before another Eve.
Photo: Looking out a toilet door, Carterton, New Zealand

23 December 2012


For me, this is a time to say hello to everyone, everything, as one year ends, and another begins. A time to honor life, beauty, tenderness, justice. A time to be warm. 
It's summertime here. The sun presides. And in my study, the word 'warmth' stays above the desk. A friend drew the Chinese characters for me as a gift. Thank you. Always.
Photo: A wintertime fire in the living room, New Zealand

22 December 2012

the moon in us

Today, friends of mine are gathering 
by the Hong Kong sea. On another day, 
they sent this night-blooming flower to me. 
The very first poem I wrote for us all 
was called 'The Moon In Us'
and how I miss us, love us.
Photo: Tan Fa, Tai Hang, Hong Kong
A photograph sent by S. 

20 December 2012

folded sky

Here, up from the upper-floor living room, 
a piece of sky, folded.
Photo: The Koromiko Road home, New Zealand

19 December 2012

sing the season

Here I am singing
whatever the season.
Photo: By Wong Yankwai
Location: Eastbound tram, Hong Kong
We reversed the image to feature 
on my newest book, Fifty Stories Fifty Images

18 December 2012

17 December 2012

rosy eve

Last night, the sky was rosy
and we remain so.
Photo: Bethanie, Pokfulam, Hong Kong

15 December 2012

y day

I like the way the 'y' looks in the day.
Photo: In a hotel elevator/lift, China, 
where Saturday is called the sixth day.

14 December 2012

stop and look, up

I walked past this store with two men with tattoos in front of me. They stopped and looked up. So I stopped and looked up.  A swallow's nest was above. 
Photo: An adult video store, Masterton, New Zealand 

13 December 2012

can you see it?

I saw a baby yesterday.
A baby hedgehog.

It curled itself into a little ball as I approached.
The little claws next to the little nose, breathing.
Its spines softest and shortest just above the nose.

Can you see it?
Sorry, I didn't take a photo.
I wanted nothing between me and the body ball.

12 December 2012

not the end

It is not the end today.
I am not sure anything ever ends.
Maybe other things begin.
Photo: Terracotta warrior, China

11 December 2012

love even more

Two friends will visit soon.
We will see these mountains
on a road trip on this island.
There's something about traveling
with people you love. Usually, 
you love them even more.
Photo: From the car on another trip,
North Island, New Zealand

10 December 2012

cleaning and hiding

As a child, I would be asked to clean up at three main times: on Saturdays, when guests came for a visit, and for the Christmas season. 
Nowadays, it is a visual sense of order I want, which can mean a degree of cleanliness, or just hiding things from view.
Photo: S in his village, Hong Kong

09 December 2012

handmade rooms

I found these doors the other day 
and would love to enter the rooms.
Photo: On a sidestreet, Masterton, New Zealand

08 December 2012

07 December 2012

look again

I was on a campus today, the last day 
of school for many students. I felt such 
a sense of the past, and future. Look, 
a student might say. Now look again. 
I am not the same person.
Photo: Pond, Masterton, New Zealand
For L and her friends

06 December 2012

two horizons

This reminds me of being in an airplane,
where I choose a window seat, 
and see two horizons -
one, Earth and sky, 
the other, cloudline and sky.
Photo: At Kadoorie Farm, Hong Kong

05 December 2012

in the middle

Today is the birthday of a friend, 
so she is in the middle of two years, 
and at midday, we were together 
at a cafe on a corner.
Photo: Horse, Clareville, New Zealand
(My friend A loves horses.)

04 December 2012

giddy after

I did a chore that I had been procrastinating. Done. So satisfying, almost giddy joy. 
Wanna dance?
Photo: A doll sent by H for a Hawaii theme party.

03 December 2012


Monday Monday, can't trust that day, so the song goes. Much of the day today seemed pre-rain, but not one drop fell.
Photo: The floor of an elevator/lift, Xian, China

02 December 2012

that time of

It's getting to be the time of year
when we look for clarity 
on what has been. I think of
Rilke who said, Live the questions.
Photo: Construction site, Carterton, New Zealand

01 December 2012

summer and winter

It's the first day of December. In one hemisphere, it's coming on Winter, and here in another, Summer's on its way. This street scene seems to holds both.
Photo: On Holloway Street, 
Carterton, New Zealand