Alpine Flower a Day: Southern Rata
Alpine Flower a Day: Day 9, Southern Rata (Metrosideros umbellata)
– the South Island Christmas tree, and the name of my daughter!
And my poem today is an oldie but a goodie!
Seed child bathed in my blood,
my cotyledon heart opening and
close like the worm that only just fits
sliding perpendicular to the light
and squeeze we did you and I
for your head has bloomed, the world now
your cradling hand.
first published Poetry New Zealand 2013
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!