Medb Charleton

Onemana Detail

It’s here     where seeds find their loopholes
on loamy crags     and flaxen sand folds
like quilt     that circadian rhythms adjust
and the straightened sea     as a despairing child
grown quiet     nests in my mind     a surrogate dream
In the blood’s heraldic company     I scan for pipis
stilted shapes of ancestors fizz against a bright world
they’re pushing forward     as exiled salmon
that sip faint headwaters     I’m thawing
according to some zeroth law
no corvine pines     no dark at winter’s throat
just shellfish in their salty sockets     small orders
weaving magnetic miles     yes dive for paua
yes try a million shades     of green and blue
skyward     the wind shaking the clouds out

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