When the Heart

When the heart

Is cut or cracked or broken

Do not clutch it;

Let the wound lie open.

Let the wind

From the good old sea blow in

To bathe the wound with salt,

And let it sting

Let a stray dog lick it,

Let a bird lean in the hole and sing

A simple song like a tiny bell,

And let it ring.

~ Michael Leunig

The sea wind sand-blasted my heart open…

Wharariki Beach on the Wild West Coast, “Into the West” – oil on canvas, 40 x 120 cm

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6 thoughts on “When the Heart

  1. Oh my when you click on your address this map pops up and shows me right where you are located. I know I probably seen like a ding dong but I guess I don’t venture out of my comfort zone much! I love that you are from New Zealand.
    I can imagine this is quite a site to see in person. They look like very large elephants to me, like maybe Greek or something like that! The color of the sand, how it changes shades from purple to eggplant/mauve, I have a shirt with this same hue of heather. .Wow! Beautiful place to rest my eyes before I sleep. I’ll be back! Peaceful dreams to you! 😀


    1. Thank you MichelleMarie, I’m glad these images have touched you so! Wharariki Beach is on the northern West Coast of the South Island. It’s very remote and wild, elemental. I was filled with such joy to be there, facing the giant monoliths arising from the sea but the wind whipping up the sand was intolerable on my skin!


      1. Gosh the way you describe it I can almost feel it. I know that wind close blows like crazy where I live, nearly blows me down so I can’t imagine sand stinging your face too! What you won’t do to capture the moment! I’m going to look you this up on my map. I’ll go to sleep smarter today! I love maps I’m surprised I never noticed it before. Probably because I never knew anyone that lived there before. This is so amazing to me! 😀


  2. Wow. This is monumental compared to what the Oregon Coast has to offer. You can feel the serenity. Your painting looks like a photograph and when you achieve that reality you know you have succeeded in your painting. Well done.


    1. Thank you so much, it really touches me that from across the great ocean you feel that! The West Coast of the South Island is a very special place, wild and secluded – it gets in.


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