sunfish

New Zealand

kia ora! I’m a young person who is in love with the sea. also I write on occasion :)
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I love all things writing, but most especially: poetry that makes your lungs feel like they're going to explode, short stories that crack open your brain and change your worldview, science fiction that is awfully hopeful and terribly prophetic, and anything by Terry Pratchett and Ursula Le Guin. Recommendations welcome!

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September 1, 2022

PROMPT: Tick Tock

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picture this: 
a book of poems, plucked from a shelf 
open to a familiar page, 
the paper gently yellowed. 
a singular voice fills the soft air
in this cold midnight winter. 

picture this: 
a young afternoon, quietly beginning
to fill with rain.
a man recites to the little child 
the poem that he learned 
when the book’s pages were clean and new.  

picture this: 
a different man, long ago 
thinks about settlers, thinks about change 
and thinks about House and Land. 
he writes it down, 
and the words become of everybody. 

picture this: 
now we are driving home 
we are thinking about wind 
in the nor-west; a lost dog 
hiding in a barrel 
we recite the poem, together. 
it is perfect. 
the poem is ‘House and Land’ by Allen Curnow, and always specifically the last verse. 

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7 Comments
  • Blank Notebook

    I've never read anything quite like this- the sense of scene and tone you have created is fantastic.


    16 days ago
  • The Song of a Thousand Girls

    So so beautiful <3


    16 days ago
  • Paisley Blue

    Absolutely gorgeous


    16 days ago
  • Holy_Grail

    This is lovely. Congrats on Wednesday words


    16 days ago
  • Itzelle

    Great job!


    16 days ago
  • Little Miss Lucy Mae

    Congrats on Wednesdays words! Really, you deserve it. Each stanza going into a different perspective, and I really can picture each moment. Just lovely. :)


    16 days ago
  • Yellow Sweater

    First off this poem is extraordinary,

    Re: Thank you!! I'm excited to write more. It's good to here that you ha a little bit of a hard time picturing the boat. I'll definetly work on that as well when I draft the next chapter. I'm excited to describe the festival, but also a little nervous, because it's so much easier for me to write about characters just sitting around talking then them actually doing something. I love Ursala Leguins world building so so so so much, but I have such a hard time getting to know her characters. I also LOVE her nonfiction. Such a brilliant woman.


    about 1 month ago