“Love Song for Meg” by Alistair Te Ariki Campbell

It was the way

the sun came sidling

through the branches –

points of light

exploding into stars

as the wind,

eddying overhead,

delicately sprung

the leaves apart.

I remember most

your eyes and then

your silence.

Light’s undertow,

backwash of green

from the dull silver

of decaying trees.

It was the way

your green eyes

widened and burned black.

Black and gold

sang the leaves,

the water rose

in the secret pool

where all afternoon

I tickled trout –

rose gently

and carried us away

in summer sleep.

Alistair Te Ariki Campbell was a Polynesian poet, playwright and novelist. Read more about him and his beautiful writing here:

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