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
pink veined
dead centre
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

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