Alpine Flower a Day: Tāranga
Alpine Flower a Day: Day 20, Tāranga, Long-leafed pimelea (Pimelea longiflora)
– rose-flushed clusters of tiny flowers in a bunch, each floret about the size of my palm on a small shrub with long leaves
– in the sub-alpine scrub at the edge of the bush, 1000-acre plateau, Kahurangi NP
Thank-you to those I don't love
after Wistawa Szymborska
For not having to wipe the bench every morning,
I am grateful to you.
The small-talk clattering of politics
I can turn off in my sleep
Your hearts and likes
for small flowers like tāranga
are given in freedom.
Waiting for an email from you when I am away
is an irritation, not an eternal longing.
An exhaustion in my fingers and back
from all I do to keep your following
can go without saying.
When I perform my poems
at an event you can hear that
which love can choose to, or not.
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!