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The Rain during Covid-19

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The rain has such precise teeth.

She nibbles down the paths

and through the bushes,

along the gutters

and around my veranda chair

like a cat.

Who knows that she is gobbling us up,

swallowing us down?

When will she finish?


When eyes smell the stillness

and see the music,

droplets on leaves and stone

with the glint of fangs.

When skin brushes against light

like a large forest slowly trembling.


Yearn for a skull that stays voiceless.


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North Shore, New Zealand, during the lockdown


  • CRACKING CHINA was previously the title of this blog. That title was used as the name for Rod MacKenzie's second book, Cracking China: a memoir of our first three years in China. From a review in the Johannesburg Star: " Mackenzie's writing is shot through with humour and there are many laugh-out-loud scenes". Cracking China is available as an eBook on Amazon Kindle or get a hard copy from His previous book is a collection of poetry,Gathering Light. A born and bred South African, Rod now lives in Auckland, New Zealand, after a number of years working in southern mainland China and a stint in England. Under the editorship of David Bullard and Michael Trapido he had a column called "The Mocking Truth" on NewsTime until the newszine folded. He has a Master's Degree in Creative Writing from the University of Auckland. if you are a big, BIG publisher you should ask to see one of his many manuscript novels. Follow Rod on Twitter @

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