About the Poem
About the poet
Born in The Netherlands, Riemke Ensing moved to New Zealand in 1951. A distinguished poet,...
Wanting to write a poem,
I pulled a sheaf of paper
out from the recess of a mottled kauri cabinet
and happened on the petals of some delicate blossom
on the thin blank page,
poem enough itself.
‘Poem’, uncollected, © Riemke Ensing 1974, used by permission of the author. Recording from the Waiata New Zealand Poetry Sound Archive 1974