Alpine Flower a Day: Common mountain daisy, pekapeka
Alpine Flower a Day: Day 24, Common mountain daisy, pekapeka (Celmisia gracilenta)
– a tufted plant with silvery leaves, and flowers about 2-3cm wide
– this Celmisia occasionally lives on rocky banks on the hills behind us, fancy that! (as well as all over the hills of Aotearoa)
The shape of common daisy
When I colour-fill your name
at the side of my page,
you are not common, nor
a daisy; you could be
the North and South Islands
lying on their sides in a
sun-drenched sea. A long-tailed bat
wings closed, now open, a flutter
overhead. A bat, a baseball bat,
and its damage – the flattened fruit,
only pulp and puddle on the floor.
A streak and a blotch. Discarded
clothing – trousers and a top.
You are definitely floating in
the filtered light of my lashes, dark
biro on white margins.
Had my writing classes back today and got home feeling stuffed! So this poem comes from an exercise I gave my students to consider what their own names looked like when coloured in. We were talking about naming characters and all the associations that go with that. Feel free to try to it at home ;)
If you're interested in the inspiration behind this month-long series of 'An Alpine Flower A Day' about NZ alpine flowers and poems, you can find more in my first post: An Alpine Flower A Day Enjoy!