Small poem #1: Running through trees

Photo of two young people running on a tree-lined path

Running through trees from sunlight to sunlight

Running through trees
from light to light
not famous, no status
but known.

Boom! With my next book of poems, How To Be Old, almost ready for the printers, I’m ready to wash them out of my mind and make room for more.

I think they will mostly be tiny poems. I think they will all change later on as I review them and edit them.

I hope they will cheer you and give you something different to think about. Every day, pretty much, I walk through trees on Mt Victoria, Wellington. (Occasionally I half-jog just a tiny bit.) Mt Victoria is almost at my back door — hey, let me show you the view from my desk this very minute. Does that cheer you?

Photo of computer screen in foreground, green hill and houses through the window.

View from my study window. Mt Victoria, Wellington is calling.



14 thoughts on “Small poem #1: Running through trees

  1. Sadje says:

    Lucky you to live next door to such a wonderful place.

    1. Rachel McAlpine says:

      Talk about lucky! I sure am.

      1. Sadje says:


  2. I have a mountain view from my computer, too. I count myself extremely fortunate to have living art that changes constantly throughout the day.

  3. Wonderful view!

  4. What a lovely view from your window! I like the tiny poem. If more poems were tiny, I think more people would read poetry. 🙂

    1. Rachel McAlpine says:

      I know, they’re not scary poems. My new book has a couple of pages of these. I call the Fortune cookies”.

  5. alison41 says:

    Fabulous view. Enjoyed your poem

  6. joliesattic says:


  7. Elizabeth says:

    i love your view. I can look down at my daughter’s house which is also a satisfying vista.

    1. Rachel McAlpine says:

      We love what we have, and that has changed many times for me. But this is perfect, for sure.

      1. Elizabeth says:

        It looks very inspiring.

  8. Trish Stevenson says:

    Lovely to see your view Rachel and I love the tiny poems

    1. Rachel McAlpine says:

      Hiya Trish!

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