Linley Edmeades New Zealand
untitled sculpture - Shane Eggleton
I have been writing short stories and poetry for some years, but have only just felt that I have completed some works that are ready to move out into the world of publication. I love this land of NZ and the earth that has been put in our care and some of my work reflects this passion.
Dream Swarm After a night crowded with dreams And memories of dreams, Today bees came and settled on our tree. Not unwelcome But uninvited. I let the ragged edges of dreams rest limply. (There was a small green taonga And a red string to wear it. I told Hannah; we will think on this together.) And a warrior waged war on the bees. They annoyed me With their choice Of the starling’s wooden house. I am wary. They have power in numbers. They had to die, one way or two or three They left behind a small strong edifice. Night Watch Woman Tonight the summer moon is full. A wisp, a scarf of cloud Stretches thinly across her face. She is the constant guardian Of the night. But on the surface Of this land’s nocturnal glow Are fragile, finite creatures Like Kakapo And Alpine Falcon, Fairy Terns, Maud Island frogs; And Giant Weta, Godwits, Land Snails, Albatross Unguarded, Too distant for Her enduring lunar vigil?