It is my pleasure to post this poem by Martha Morseth today. . .
There is always a turning
and a difference
a landscape where southerlies push fists of clouds
down long harbours
or a land where winds claw autumn foil
in either, friends will be lost from the never meeting
the never knowing
and we come back to the question of how the choice was made
in a fit of passion
a chance remark
matters of circumstance
some dissolving into paddock grass
where there’s fruit to gather
some at the sea with fish to catch
and sometimes the flit of a thought
that a different road would have made no difference.
Dunedin writer, Martha Morseth, has had poems published in anthologies, literary and popular journals including The Listener, Landfall, Sport, Takahe, JAAM, Poetry New Zealand, and in on-line journals as well as in her collection, Staying Inside the Lines (Inkweed 2002).
She has written three books for teenagers, published by Pearson: two short story collections --- Yeah! and EDGE/a cut of unreal --- and a book of one-act plays, Let’s Hear It for the Winner!
A group of her poems and images can be found on http://www.otago.ac.nz/deepsouth/2007/index.html (University of Otago, Deep South literary journal)
Biographical information can be found in the Writers Profiles of the NZ Society of Authors pages,
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