pōhutukawa stretch in chorus over void
locking elbows in shallow dirt.
they rubber neck round headlands to wink at relatives beyond.
their flowering schedule:
some years rowdy others coy
improbable fretless crenellated necks lean whiskered into precipical space—
reaching tremor free over driving brine strutless toward moonrise.
early evening light drips gather on matte leaf.
the structure of staying put cranes
counterweight constrictors burrow—
ground yields to gripping below
and depleted boulders cleave.
acquiescing giants tumble from above
to bolster intertidal rockspace
landing amidst mollusks chancing sun over snapper—
their bent complexities sanded
in mute testimony
to the beautiful choice
of edge dwelling.