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Rosetta Allan is an Auckland based poet. Her first volume, ‘Little Rock,’ was published early 2007.
Her poetry has appeared in several NZ literary journals and one Australian
(Short and Twisted). She is a regular reader at poetry events.
In 2008, she received mentorship by Elizabeth Smither.
Filtered through netting the February sun,
vacant of expression, lifts half-heartedly
the pastels of Launa's skirt
my posy teacup fumbles the circle
it's supposed to meet
her hands reveal nothing
but the blueness of veins
the morning's performance
me from the deck, he down below
no Juliet, no Romeo
Lladro ladies unperturbed
gaze upon their butterflies and birds
their baskets of daisies
with sepia eyes
Launa's kissed cheek rises, a smile
reaches further than it should
I turn from her driveway around into mine
cinnamon on my tongue
cat at my feet
wondering how much dirt
her doilies hide.