an Aotearoa poetry journal | ISSN 2744-3248

Poems by Michael Morrissey

Air

Michael Morrissey

Published on
page 17 of Tarot #1
(Dec 2020)

The air we breathe
has been nosed by someone else

A second hand oxygen
coin of a different realm

Indolent as a Mexican siesta
xenon has fled the atmosphere

We wanted ozone
but we got carbon dioxide

We do not know the life of air
though lungs have necessary nous

We look into the eyes of strangers
and know them for the first time