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Alpine Flower a Day: Husbands load*

Alpine Flower a Day: Day 18, Husbands load, hari (likehimalotus mihusband)

– very large blue flower, four white stems, leaves footprints, produces dew when warm

– found on the side of tramping tracks, most recently in Kahurangi National Park

Husband's load

he carries the tent the poles the pegs the cooker the gas the couscous the tins of peaches

he carries responsibility a moral compass a sense of who he is

he carries ideas like there should be an environmental high court

he carries ideas like we should plant Muehlenbeckia axillaris along the retaining wall

he carries ideas like we'll just stop up here which means we'll keep going

up an

impossibly steep slope for



minutes through

the beech trees smelling of honey and

buzz when your shirt's already stuck to your back with sweat and your legs are wobbly from fatigue

and you make it

to a clearing

with him in it

and the relief is sweet.

*Husbands load, hari (likehimalotus mihusband) was discovered by the author, first in a London flat on July 16, 1988. However, it is endemic to Aotearoa alpine environments.

Creeping wire vine (Muehlenbeckia axillaris)

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!


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