of an old white rose
the old dog’s dead
and from the woven fabric of my life
Warp patterned by ancient genes,
stretched on framework of a mother’s womb.
Weft woven in picks of life’s experience
discontinuities on the weaver’s loom.
Sometimes the weave is thin
drawn out, frayed
where days were hard
and thinly thread was laid.
Other times it grows,
Where shuttle stick wove fast
complex patterns of a hopeful past.
but love wears holes
where valued threads
Now the shuttle slows
but still moves on,
a supplementary warp
where one has gone.
© Maureen Sudlow
and if you’re stuck for presents, I can mail these out right away, either to yourself or as a gift. Just go to my Antipodes page to find out how to order… They will both be available in selected shops, but I can save you the trouble of searching. At $(NZ)15 and $(NZ)20 respectively these are a good buy – and postage free in New Zealand.
‘Fearless Fred’ has already been enjoyed by dozens of satisfied children, and was short-listed for a Joy Cowley Award, and ‘Antipodes’ has been beautifully published by Steele Roberts Aotearoa, with an endorsement from our very own poet Owen Bullock. Both good reads.
belting out the message
Not a fantastic day, as we had to go down to Auckland for a funeral, took the wrong turn off the motorway, got lost, and almost missed the funeral. Coming home we decided to stop briefly at the Matakohe Kauri Museum and found they had big celebrations there for Settlers’ Day. Loved the band…