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April 03, 2008

The Master Of All

When the cat's got to go he lets everyone know, as Alison Ross's poem reveals.

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March 27, 2008

My Bucket List

Step One - Read Alison Ross's before-the-Bucket-is-kicked list.

Step Two - Compile your own Bucket list.

Step Three - Set about ticking off all the items you've put on your list.

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March 20, 2008


Alsion Ross tells of a young man's thoughts and dreams.

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March 13, 2008

The Doctors’ Centre

Alison Ross’s poem suggest that a second, and even a third, medical opinion is required to deal with a touch of flu.

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March 06, 2008

Baby Boy

There's nothing sadder than the death of an infant. Alison Ross's poem expresses that greatest loss.

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February 28, 2008

Happy Birthday Sandy

Alison Ross wrote this poem for a young friend whose divorce coincided with her ex’s birthday.

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February 21, 2008

The Long Drop

It doesn't pay to be too cheeky when you are a tiny animal. Alison Ross's poem is based on a story told to her by the owner of a guinea pig.

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February 14, 2008

Lost Son

Alison Ross dedicates her poem to parents whose sons go missing, or die young.

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February 07, 2008

Bikini Clad

Alison Ross tells of a thoroughly modern grandmama. But surely a bikini would be a garment too far?

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January 31, 2008

Grandad Says...

It's the little ones who suffer most when there's a domestic parting of the ways, as Alison Ross's poem reveals.

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January 17, 2008

How To Tell A Cat Lover

Cat lovers come in all shapes, sizes and ages as Alison Ross reveals.

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January 03, 2008

The NZ Bow Hunters' Classic

Bow hunters who shoot carp are welcomed in New Zealand, as Alison Ross's poem reveals.

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December 27, 2007

An Aussie In Beijing

Chicken can be very tasty. But chicken feet? Alison Ross's poem tells of an Aussie who was confronted by an unwelcomed dish.

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December 20, 2007

A Thousand Miles

Alison Ross's poem tells of a couple who share a home - yet they are a thouand miles apart.

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November 29, 2007

Rugby World Cup 2007

"Passing a father and a son on the way down to the dairy I heard the lad ask his dad what a forward pass was. I imagined the answer.''

Kiwi Alison Ross presents a sporting poem.

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November 22, 2007

A Frightened Little Maid

The outbreak of war brought terror to one little girl. Alison Ross tells of a memory from her childhood.

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November 15, 2007

A Naughty Word (A Young Boy’s Thoughts)

When a young lad writes a naughty word on the side of a van drastic measures are called for, as Alison Ross's poem reveals.

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November 08, 2007

A New Invention

Allow these robots onto your farm and there's no telling how things will turn out, says Alison Ross.

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November 01, 2007

Treasure On Gentle Annie

Out there on Gentle Annie, a hill from which you can glimpse the sea, many mile away, there's buried treasure!

Alison Ross tells of a ruby necklace.

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October 25, 2007

The Naked Bus

The naked bus company is a low fare bus company which operates in New Zealand. www.nakedbus.com

Thoughts of being one of their passengers inspired Alison Ross to write the following poem.

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October 18, 2007

Wanted: A Nice Guy

Alison Ross's ingenious rhyming want advert should bring all the good men running.

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October 11, 2007

A Moment Of Truth

One of Alison Ross's good friends struggled with deafness for years. This poem is about the first time that Ray became aware of what the future held in store for him.

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October 04, 2007

As The Organ Played

Alison Ross's poem outlines the thoughts of parents who fear that their sons are marrying too soon.

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September 27, 2007

The Parent-Teacher's Event

Alison Ross's poem tells of a monumental mistake at the parent-teacher's event.

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September 20, 2007

Belle’s First Bra

Alison Ross's poem tells of a young girl who is discovering the fun of being a woman in the making.

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September 13, 2007

Strumming Their Guitars - 1976

Here's a poem which Alison Ross wrote back in the 1970s. Are the Rolling Stones going to be the exception to the rule?

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September 06, 2007


Alison Ross is fed up with young people who are running amok, spraying graffiti around town.

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August 30, 2007

Gift Of Love

Make a happy memory
For when the times get bad...

Alison Ross's poem gives sound advice.

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August 23, 2007

Conversation With A Four Year Old

It's amazing what four-year-olds know these days, as Alison Ross's poem reveals.

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August 16, 2007

Say Goodbye My Darling

When couples go their seperate ways other relatives are engulfed by waves of sadness, as Alison Ross's poem reveals.

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August 09, 2007

When Words Fall Into Line

Alison Ross's poem is about those times when words refuse to match feelings.

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August 02, 2007

Who Am I?

Alison Ross's poem will stir the hearts of all fathers and sons.

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July 26, 2007

Was She My Twin

Alison Ross honours a "sister'' poet.

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July 19, 2007

Lie To Me

Alison Ross's poem reveals a fact of nature - a mother knows the heart and mind of her own son.

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July 12, 2007

The Battle Of The Bulge

Alison Ross tells of two cousins who decided to beat The Bulge - but was there cheating?

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July 05, 2007

Honest Eyes

Alison Ross's poem advises that a man's character can be seen in his eyes.

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June 28, 2007

The Mo Test

Every lad sooner or later reaches a day when it's time for the Mo test, as Alison Ross reveals.

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June 21, 2007

The Plunket Nurse

Alison Ross pays humorous and timely tribute to the Plunket Nurses - timely because the organisation is this year celebrating its centenary.

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June 14, 2007

The Aussies And The Mossies

The canny New Zealanders have reason to welcome those mosquitoe-hating Aussies.

Alison Ross has some fun at the expense of New Zealand's neighbours.

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June 07, 2007


It's one thing to long for the perfectly-behaved cat, but would he really be the special one? Alison Ross's poem will delight friends of felines world-wide.

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May 31, 2007

Dear Jimmy,

Jimmy, one of Alison Ross's old friends, found that fresh milk curdled aboard the commercial fishing boat he owned. He was reduced to drinking 'tinned coffee and milk' while out fishing. He didnt care for it at all and longed for a nice cup of tea. Finally Alison and her family found what they thought might be a good solution and wrote to offer it to Jimmy...

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May 24, 2007

Alfie The Budgie

Alison Ross mourns a departed budgie. For more of Alison's zestful poems please click on Here Comes Alison in the menu on this page.

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May 17, 2007

Sixty-Two Today

Young grandson has a birthday question for his grandpa in this poem by Alison Ross.

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May 10, 2007

Poor Little Boy

Alison Ross's poem highlights the damage that selfish parents can do to their children.

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May 03, 2007

Spot's Puppies

Alsion Ross's delightful poem features a very special family occasion.

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April 26, 2007

The Two Dollar Bill

A shopping bill presented to Alison Ross by her son prompted the following poem.

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April 19, 2007

To Show Humility

Alison Ross's advice in verse could be used by every mother of a teenage son.

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April 12, 2007

New Zealand's Anti-Smacking Bill - March, 2007

Alison Ross's reaction to New Zealand's new anti-smacking bill was to write this robust poetic riposte to what she considers to be legislative folly.

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April 05, 2007

The World Book

Alison Ross writes a poem about a family which tried to work their way to a fortune by selling encyclopaedias.

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March 29, 2007

Dance On

Alison Ross's poem tells of a young woman who lost her baby. It died shortly after being born. She and her husand, grief-stricken, turned their sorrows inwards. Each felt abandoned by the other. Then one day he gave a lift to a young woman who was hitchhiking. She was skilled in he art of listening...

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March 22, 2007

Never Underestimate The Cat

So when there's a war on between cat and mistress as to what appears in the supper dish, who do you think wins?

Alison Ross tells a cautionary rhyming tale about a very special four-legged friend.

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March 15, 2007

Recycled Stamps

Many years ago the New Zealand post office issued stamps that would not hold the ink used to frank them. Alison Ross had a young friend who wiped them clean and re-used them.

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March 10, 2007

Sandy, The Guy With The Casket

Sandy a cabinet maker by trade rang his mother one morning to tell her his latest money making idea. Alison Ross imagines his sales pitch.

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March 01, 2007

Who Mother's My Kids?

Alison Ross's chuckle-filled poem could readily be re-titled The Ballad of a Farmer's Wife.

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February 24, 2007

The Share-Milkers' Meeting

Years ago the New Zealand Federated Farmers had a special meeting for the share milkers in the area where Alison Ross lives. Unfortunately not as many turned up as were expected. A scathing article appeared in their next magazine asking whether they were all dead or asleep. Alison wrote the following poem and sent it to them.

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February 17, 2007

Happy Birthday

Alison Ross's poem concerns the most unusual of all birthday presents.

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February 10, 2007

Find A Happy Girl

Alison Ross offers sound advice to a lad abandoned by a girlfriend.

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February 03, 2007

The Cat's Prophecy

Alison Ross tells how a pet cat brought a positive prognostication to her itinerant and her family.

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January 27, 2007

Detective Ally

Alison Ross tells of Detective Ally who can clean and shop and garden, cook the tea, then solve a murder overnight.

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January 20, 2007

Ice Maidens

Alison Ross pays tribute to the floral inspirers of a famous poem.

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January 13, 2007

Poppa's Pal

Alison Ross tells of a child's busy day, the highlight of which is helping Poppa with his work.

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January 06, 2007

The Christmas Gift

Alison Ross's poem reveals that there is one Christmas gift that a wife should never be given.

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December 30, 2006

Patches And The Catnapper

Alison Ross tells the wonderful rhyming tale of a beloved cat, Patches.

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December 23, 2006

Love It

It's the small events in life which provide memories to treasure, as Alison Ross reveals.

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December 16, 2006

Bike For Sale

Alison Ross's poem brings a warning that you should be careful what you say to ad salesmen in pubs.

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December 09, 2006

Buying Us Toys

Alison Ross's eight-line poem brings an important message as we rush helter-skelter into the season of overspend.

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December 02, 2006

Reindeer Landing

Oh dear. Fancy being on the loo when Santa's sleigh lands on your roof. Alison Ross tells of an embarrassing situation.

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November 25, 2006

Letter To Santa

Alison Ross's poem concerns one of the most poignant letters ever written to Santa.

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November 18, 2006

The Commonwealth Games

Sometimes a seven-year-old's wrong answer to a question is better than the right one, as Alison Ross reveals in this tale about her grandson Grant.

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November 11, 2006

First Catch Your Horse

New Zealander Alison Ross tells of her love for horses.

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November 04, 2006


So you want to sunbake and there's a puddle on the lawn? What do you do? A problem easily solved by a four-year-old in this delightful poem by Alison Ross.

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October 28, 2006

The Water Ballet

When you're four foot eight inches tall and shaped like an elongated ball it's best not to try water ballet.

New Zealander Alison Ross tells a splendidly salty tale concerning an incident which happened during a childhood holiday.

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October 21, 2006

The Daisy Chain

Alison Ross writes a moving poem about an old lady and a loving grandchild.

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October 14, 2006

The Bag Lady

Alison Ross pities the Bag Lady who, in all weathers, has to deliver that mountain of junk mail.

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October 07, 2006

John Says...

Alison Ross's minimalist poem highlights the over-confidence of some young folk - and the wisdom of a mum.

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September 30, 2006

Happy Birthday Darling

Alison Ross's poem emphasises that a working wife deserves a few birthday treats.

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September 23, 2006

The Lady Of The Night

"Bond-style Fugitive Meets Her Fate.'' The headline concerned a 33-year-old prostitute who made a James Bond-style escape from police in Queenstown after stealing a watch. After reading the story Alison Ross was inspired to write the following poem.

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September 16, 2006

Lost His Think

A good dad knows what advice to offer when a lad loses his think, as Alison Ross's poem reveals.

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September 09, 2006

Our Missy Is No Fool

Alison Ross writes of a clever little lass who knows how to manipulate her grandma.

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September 02, 2006

The Tale Of Toby Russell Rhodes

Alison Ross writes with relish about Toby Russell Rhodes, a Jack Rusell terrier that was erroneously registered as a voter in the 2005 New Zealand election.

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August 26, 2006


Fantails may have neat, pleated tails, but Alison Ross wonders whether the birds might not feel...well, unreal.

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August 19, 2006

God Bless You Sir

Alison Ross recalls a happy family holiday that began wih a sneeze.

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August 12, 2006

Ode To Florence Nightingale

Alison Ross voices a heart-felt plea for nurses with the caring capabilities of Florence Nightingale.

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August 05, 2006

Adopt A Polly

Alison Ross fires off a poem from the hip.

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July 29, 2006

Impossible Dreams

Alison Ross's poem brings the happy message that impossible dreams can come true.

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July 22, 2006

Bay Of Plenty Times

Alison Ross puts in a breezy recommendation for local independence.

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July 15, 2006

The Third Boss

Dad was the First Boss, Mum was the Second Boss, and three-year-old Jay was the Third Boss - or so he informed his two-year-old brother.

But even a Third Boss cannot fight off sleep for ever, as Alison Ross's poem reveals.

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July 08, 2006

Mum's Diet

A friend on a diet... A teenage son who wants a cuddly mum... Ready ingredients for Alison Ross's versifying talents.

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July 01, 2006

Red Riding Hood - The Girl Gangster

Alison Ross tells a happy tale for big kids.

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June 24, 2006

Up One-Tree Hill

Once when Alison Ross was in hospital she met the mother of Sam Hunt, the famous New Zealand poet. This poem resulted from the chance encounter.

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June 17, 2006

A Man With Curly Hair

Alison Ross couldn't resist writing this poem after hearing that a friend's husband asked if she would mind if he had his hair permed.

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June 10, 2006

Russian Roulette

In twelve lines of verse Alison Ross expresses deep enduring grief.

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June 03, 2006

Farming With Kids

Farming when there are kids around requires constant vigilence, as Alison Ross discovered. Expect the unexpected when you hear gales of laughter.

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May 27, 2006

Nobody Else

Alison Ross draws a poem from the deepest well of sadness.

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May 20, 2006

Six, Take Away Two

Alison Ross is excited by the thought that even after the older "fledglings'' have left the nest there is still a family.

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May 13, 2006

Mother's Day

Tomorrow is Mothers' Day in New Zealand, the USA and other parts of the world. In this sad poem Alison Ross thinks of disunited families, of all those mothers who will not hear from their children.

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May 06, 2006

Reasonable Access

The thoughts of a child who sits and waits reveal the true cost of a failed marriage in this poignant poem by Alison Ross.

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April 29, 2006

Toss A Coin

So which will it be, Harry or Peter? Alison Ross's poem predicts that true love will have its way.

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April 22, 2006

The Good Witches Of Waihi

Alison Ross benefits from the treatment meted out by the good witches of Waihi.

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April 15, 2006

Brendon And The Easter Eggs

Oh those delcious Easter eggs! And naughty Brendon ate two of them, when he should only have eaten one. Alison Ross writes a tasty poem for this Easter weekend

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April 08, 2006

Just Do It

Alison Ross's poem brings a simple three-word instruction to all those who procrastinate.

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April 01, 2006

The Joys Of Grass

Grass may be a modest plant, but Alison Ross's poem reminds us that it can be the fount of great joy.

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March 25, 2006


Of course children should be encouraged to read, but when that little girl with eyes of blue brings you a whole stack of books... Alison Ross writes of a happy imposition.

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March 18, 2006

The Orange Mountain

Alison Ross remembers the magical day when the Orange Mountain was discovered.

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March 11, 2006


When Alison Ross rang a young friend she was asked to hang on for a moment...

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March 04, 2006

Happiness Is...

Alison Ross's verses go straight to the heart of true happiness.

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February 25, 2006

Katie's Child

Alison Ross writes in sadness and in anger of a babe that was not allowed to be born.

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February 18, 2006

A Gentle Tender Touch

Parker the hungry cat does a little owner-training in this poem by Alison Ross.

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February 11, 2006

The Hydroponic Male

When Alison Ross's brother had cancer she wrote this poem for him. After two operations he was fine, completely himself again, full of fun and able to have a good chuckle when he re-read his sister's words.

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February 04, 2006

The Engagement Party

Alison Ross writes a cheery poem about a farmer who ended up with a ring through his nose.

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January 28, 2006

Good Morning Mum

Alison Ross's poem outlines a child's mountain of sadness.

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January 21, 2006

Winnie The Pooh

A four-year-old girl "reads'' a book to her Grandpa - and Grandpa asks himself a question in Alison Ross's sad poem.

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January 14, 2006

Disco Guy

Alison Ross writes of one of the saddest events in a child's life - the decision of a playboy father to leave the family.

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January 07, 2006

The Poetry Class

The poetry tutor is not easily pleased, as Alison Ross reveals.

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December 31, 2005

The Chrysalis

The arrival of a letter prompts Alison Ross to think of a chrysalis and a butterfly.

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December 24, 2005

The Christmas Doll

Not every Christmas Day brings the gift that we long for, as Alison Ross reveals.

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December 17, 2005

A Dreary Day

Alison Ross writes of one of those grey, gloomy days when the best thing to do is go back to bed, turn on the electric blanket, and dream of sunny somewheres.

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December 10, 2005

Midnight Killer

Alison Ross writes of a dog which terrorised a neighbourhood.

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December 03, 2005

Life's Highway

As she travels down life's highway, Alison Ross has learned to recognise true gold.

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November 26, 2005

Gently Falling Rain

Alison Ross's poem offers reasons to be grateful to a son who feels badly done by.

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November 19, 2005

The Office Girl's Farewell

If only all farewell speeches were as warm-hearted witty as the one presented in Alison Ross's poem.

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November 12, 2005

The Merry Widow

Old Charlie is no more. Died of a heart attack. But in this poem by Alison Ross the Merry Widow is not in mourning.

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November 05, 2005

Your Jewels

Alison Ross's thoughtful poem reminds us that there are things far more valuable than jewels.

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October 29, 2005

Italian Quiche

Alison Ross wrote this poem for her 14-year-old granddaughter, who wished she had ordered fish and chips.

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October 22, 2005

The Challenge

The Auckland Greyhound Club had a special night in which a pacer raced against a greyhound. But what if the race distance had been a mile, and the greyhound had been racing against a work-hardened farm dog? Alison Ross dreams of might-have-beens.

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October 15, 2005

A Tree Is...

Trees were made for boys to enjoy, as Alison Ross's poem reveals.

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October 08, 2005

Dead Upon The Spot

Alison Ross received a smart reply when she asked her son a pertinent question.

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September 28, 2005

Joseph Mutton - Missing Person

Alison Ross's cautionary poem suggests that a fellah should never be judged by his name.

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September 23, 2005


Do the eyes of a soaring, dipping, gliding seagull have the same capacity to appreciate what is seen by human eyes? Alison Ross's poem was prompted by the wonder of a sunrise.

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September 19, 2005


"Is this my Dashing Knight?'' Alison Ross asks in this poem. And the answer is a resounding yes.

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September 16, 2005

Shut Up Safe - As Told By Parker The Cat

Parker the cat loves to roam on moonlit nights. But do those grownups understand? Do the heck! Alison Ross's poem explains all.

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September 05, 2005

The Glow-Worm Grotto

Alison Ross tells of the night-time adventure of visiting Glow-worm Grotto.

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August 30, 2005

The Brothers Ross

Alison Ross writes a poem about the Ross brothers - and a very special brand of whisky.

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August 23, 2005

A Bright Yellow Sticker

Alison Ross's daughter and her husband ran a book business from their home. A yellow sticker was attached to each book, announcing it's price. And those darned stickers sometimes ended up where they shouldn't be!

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August 16, 2005

Waiting For Dad - (Aged Five)

A five-year-old boy goes running away over the fields in this poem by Alison Ross. But is it the boy who is straying, or his father?

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August 12, 2005

For Sale By Tender

When Alison Ross saw an advert announcing that 140 nightsoil cans wre for sale she was moved - if that's the right word for this occasion - to write the following verse.

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August 09, 2005

Good Old Skip

Alison Ross feels the time has come to remember without pain the days of good Old Skip.

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August 02, 2005

My Birthday

Hard to tell from Alison Ross's poem whether or not she likes her birthday treat.

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July 27, 2005

Goodbye, Dear Boy

Hair in the bathroom...clothes and papers everywhere... Alison Ross writes of an exasperated parent who decides that an untidy son should be given the sack.

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July 25, 2005

Down The Mighty Waikato

Alison Ross, still feeling a sense of hurt, tells of the time when she missed out on a Huck Finn journey down New Zealand's mighty Waikato River.

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July 21, 2005


Alison Ross addresses this poem to an 18-year-old son who has announced that he is getting a motorbike.

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July 11, 2005

Going Into Business (Aged Six)

A six-year-old is already thinking in a tough business way in this poem by Alison Ross.

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July 08, 2005

Poetry In Motion

Alison Ross writes a short poem about the stillbirth of poems.

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July 05, 2005

The Blue Elephant

With diabolical cunning, a boy sets a trap to capture the rare blue elephant. Alison Ross's poem is about that wonderful, imaginative part of our lives - childhood.

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July 04, 2005

The Frog Prince

Every princess needs a frog, says Alison Ross's good-humoured poem - but she should choose with care the frog she kisses. Alison wrote this poem for her 16-year-old granddaughter.

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June 30, 2005

Just Like Me - Advice From Parker (The Cat)

"...For if your people like you, and love to hear you purr, you can bet your bottom dollar kid they'll comb and brush your fur...'' Alison Ross's poem will delight the millions of good folk who like cats.

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June 27, 2005

Me And You

"We must learn to ask much less, walk lonely every while...'' Alison Ross writes a poem about two special people.

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June 26, 2005

The Funeral

Poet Alison Ross creates jolly verses while contemplating her own funeral.

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June 21, 2005

Your Negative World

The narrator in Alison Ross's poem thinks that the ways of parting may come soon.

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June 20, 2005

Cloning Wish

Alison Ross's poem expresses the desperate wish of a hard-pressed mum.

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June 17, 2005

Man Of The House

Every father about to flee from the family nest should first sit down and read Alison Ross's powerful poem.

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June 16, 2005

The Second-Hand Shop

Alison Ross tells of a childhood friend whose mother ran a second-hand shop.

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June 14, 2005

A Multicoloured Dream

In eight poetic lines Alison Ross defines the pain suffered by a jilted wife.

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June 12, 2005

Father's Day

Today is Father's Day - but Alison Ross's poignant poem brings an unexpected suggestion: don't forget Mum today.

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June 10, 2005

Football Match

Alison Ross's poem suggests that when a mum goes to watch her son play rugby she should keep her eye on the ball.

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June 04, 2005

Injustice In Post War New Zealand

Two Disney balloons and a cunning brother taught Alison Ross her first lesson in injustice.

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May 28, 2005

The Poetry Reading

The poet listens with an ear pressed to the bedroom door, an audience of one, while her poems are read aloud. Alison Ross's poem poses a question.

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May 23, 2005

Guilty As Charged

The misdemeanours of childhood come back to scare the narrator of Alison Ross's story.

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May 13, 2005


There's an ocean of sadness beneath Alison Ross's bright poem

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May 10, 2005

The Little Cat

Yambo, the family's pet cat, after being hit and killed by a car, was ceremoniously buried. But the next morning there was a miracle... Alison Ross tells an astonishing true story.

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May 08, 2005


Alison Ross tells a true story about a lost dog - and a man who wouldn't quit

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May 02, 2005


Hope is a bird that soars on the wing, declares Alison Ross's exuberant poem.

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April 30, 2005

The Mystery Passenger

As she speeds along in her car, something touches the top of her head. A hand? A supernatural being? Alison Ross tells of a spooky occasion.

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April 26, 2005

Splitting Up

Alison Ross's poem defines the heart-ache of a marriage in jeopardy.

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April 22, 2005

The Story Of Woody

Here's a welcome to Alison Ross, a new contributor to Open Writing. Alison's poem about Woody, the tom cat gigolo, will delight - and sadden - cat lovers from Aberdeen to Auckland, and all points between.

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