Wearing a Poem

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Tui 4

I don’t normally rush to publish a poem in progress, but these photographs by John Rainey-Smith are so beautiful that I’ve decided to take a risk – publish the photos and the poem that the tuis inspired, yesterday. I reserve the right to rewrite the poem, extend it or end it. But it does capture the first day of creativity for me in quite a while.

Wearing a Poem

Into this windless blue
cubes of sunlight land askew
on painted indoor walls
accompanied by hammering

as builders repeat their
renovating heartbeat of
another suburban almost
summer in our street

fat and sonsy tuis
gobble kohwai, their
throats awash with song
amid golden profusion

fatter even than last
year, more flowers to
feed upon, thanks
to the endless rain

my silver beet stalks
shine phosphorous red
trapped on the deck
with the mint and thyme

I was reaching for
a grief to nurture
to feed on like
the sonsy tuis

hoping to wear a poem
a somewhat dated outfit
but instead, a poem
wore me.

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We sat together on our deck in the late afternoon sun, sharing a beer, waiting patiently for the birds to return to sip the kohwai nectar. They rewarded us for our silent vigil. I like my poem but I’m even prouder still of John’s beautiful photographs.

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7 thoughts on “Wearing a Poem

  1. Trish Lui

    Kia ora Maggie – this is just beautiful – heartiest congratulations to you for your wonderful word pictures and sensations and John for his stunning photos. We have tuis and a kowhai on our front lawn too and both you and John just capture all of this perfectly.

    I love the new word too – had to google it:)

    Like

  2. Anna Cassie

    Love it Maggie …especially ‘reaching for a grief to nurture’…so easy to reach for grief and may need constant and conscious effort to keep it at bay.

    Like

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