Today’s contribution to poetry month was inspired by nature’s art at PM of NZ.

Blindness, by Donald McDonald is from New Zealand Farm & Station Verse, published by Whitcombe & Tombs.



I know a man

Who – raving on ‘the view’

Broke with his clumsy feet

A spiderweb,

Starry with dew.


– Donald McDonald –

3 Responses to Blindness

  1. pmofnz says:

    Ele, great verse.

    It was the garden spider sunning (her?) legs in the early morning sun that caught my eye as I returned from moving my cows to another paddock. A few minutes either way and like the bloke above, I would have totally missed it.

    And Donald McDonald? Must have been a Yankee cousin of my old man!


  2. homepaddock says:

    PM – Donald McDonald wasn’t a Yankee. The bio in the book where I found the poem says he was educated at Fielding Ag High, farmed at Ngaroma near Te Awamutu, served in Fiji & Nth Africa in WWII, was taken prisoner at El Alamein and killed in an Italian ship which was topedoed in the Med in 1942 when he was 31.


  3. pmofnz says:

    Ele, great detail. I was referring to the americanised spelling of the surname which in Gaelic according to my late father should always be MacD.


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