Wednesday, 29 January 2014

land of the long white cloud



street lights dot the city like fireflies on a summer lawn. my heart swell as the plane descends. memories run in rivulets through my veins, but soon overwhelm me. i gasp for air as though i have held my breath for years. 
for a while, new zealand was all of me. 
i remember walking along boulders near the pier every weekend. my knees would tremble at the ocean's tantrums. i saw my life before a salty sea surrounded by pines. i didn't know the future because i thought i was already there. 
then we moved, but i held onto those memories, and for years i talked about them with my parents. 'let's return', they know better than i do so we do not. i am a passenger in their life, i go where they do, not where i want to. 
passing years accumulate, and i forget about aotearoa. i traverse earth. i forget the first sunrise in the world. i forget lots of things (which resulted in the recommendation of eating more vitamin b and omega three foods). 
this place is like no other, i can never collect all the right words to bring it justice. it's the eden of my childhood.

Monday, 13 January 2014

sweet like sugar cane


lucia, growing
in the garden
of life

Saturday, 11 January 2014

sos only (tasmania)


australia—we are one, but we are many states and territories:
  • victoria, 'cultured', coastal, confusing
  • new south wales, grand, gorgeous, the ultimate tourist go-to
  • australian capital territory, can-'STOP THE BOATS!'-berra
  • queensland, beaches, babes, barramundis
  • northen territory, the heart, blood, and soul
  • south australia, the family member everyone forgets to invite to parties
  • western australia, sharks/attractive people from england; and
  • tasmania, little new zealand,
  • and we all need better broadband.
note to self, do not drink coffee if you want to sleep within 20 hours.