It's New Zealand Poetry Day today!! All sorts of things were planned but we are in Level 4 Lockdown (the strongest type of lockdown) so things have gone online. In honour of a day honouring poetry I thought I'd share some of my own poetry online, too.
The first poem, Fancy, is one for children. I wrote this years ago when some friends were visiting one bright sunny day and their youngest was getting a bit close to the lavender bush which had a few bees hovering around it. This poem appears in A Treasury of New Zealand Poems for Children (ed. Paula Green, Random House, 2014).
Don’t pick the flowers
the bees might follow you home
the cows will come for the buttercups
and eat your grass
leaving little half moons in the mud
that remind you
of Milky Way nights
and cream and honey on your porridge in the morning
The second poem, The Meaning of Life, is for grown ups. It appeared on Paula Green's NZ Poetry Shelf blog June 21st this year (which you can check out here).
I am not here
I am here
I am not here to ask why I am here
I am here to find answers
I am not here for you
I am here for me
I am not here to demand meaning
in anything except myself
I am here the only thing I can be sure of
and here I am not so sure
When I am no longer here
the Earth may show as little
or as much care
I was never here
And last but not least, here are some New Zealand writers for young people (including moi) reading some poems they love in celebration of this wonderful art form, on Paula Green's Poetry Box (A New Zealand poetry page for children) with some great poetry writing challenges for children included. Click here.