an Aotearoa poetry journal | ISSN 2744-3248

Poems by Kathryn Marr

Shadows on New Rice

Kathryn Marr

Published on
page 50 of Tarot #2
(June 2021)

How should I please you? Tell me, pray do.
So full of criticism,
You crack my head open and
Fill it up
Until I’m so nervous I can
Barely breathe
And then off you go to the bath,
Whistling,
Leaving melted, edgeless pieces of me
In your wake.

Today I saw
Shadows on new rice,
The wind lifting and lowering rain
Like a curtain,
A jagged and beautiful sky.