Matt Elliott

Matt Elliott

Matt Elliott is stay-at-home dad to a book-loving toddler, husband of a children’s librarian and author of eleven published books, mostly non-fiction. His most recent release is War Blacks: the extraordinary story of New Zealand’s World War I All Blacks. He lives in Birkdale, on Auckland’s North Shore.


Gathering at the Shoreline

Daily
old ladies
slowly lower their towels.
Bathing suits
and bathing caps. Bodies
shaped by other bodies.

Crossing the shelly beach
on tender feet, they stop
at the water’s edge.
Hands on hips, thin-legged
as the nearby gulls
they stare
glassy-eyed
at the glistening sea.

First published takahe 87
August 2016