Northness has overcome me.’
Before this you were naked. All your life, not a stitch
of warmth apart from your clothes.
I don’t have Hawai’iki.
I don’t have Heaven.
but at first you don’t recognise Paradise,
or smell it or touch it,
because you miss earth too much,
but a digital camera, no aunt but a pair of shoes,
but they were always
BERNADETTE HALL lives at Amberley Beach, North Canterbury. Her 9th collection of poetry The Lustre Jug (VUP) was a finalist in the 2010 NZ Post Book Awards. She edited the on-line anthology Best NZ Poems 2011 and she is the editor of The Judas Tree, poems by the late Christchurch writer, Lorna Stavely Anker, which will be published by CUP in 2013.