Flushed From A Tidal Retreat
will feel no pain
it is ‘asleep’
to be : becalmed
sail said the lullaby
returning to the same nest | bodies — each in foetal position | suicidal Inuit youth
dark field | the grotto where tradition states Jesus was born,
celebrate love | jaguar dancers torment the mineral kingdom, and the whorls (many
coated) turn … El Niño churns in, disarming | the last war is not over
for instance try
no need for excavations
the process gifted
RUSHED FROM A TIDAL RETREAT
She is Sparrow-like and Fierce
knot-to-knot…to pull backwards that tapestry of dress
crux of the matter, to go on…wistfully
thin…angular, with the hollow-eyed look
a little melancholic roust
her manic joy…streaming in and out-of-breath.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Sam Sampson was born in Auckland, and grew up in South Titirangi, next to Little Muddy Creek. Everything Talks, his first collection of poems, was published by Auckland University Press (NZ), and Shearsman Books (UK) in June 2008. It won the Jessie McKay NZSA Best First Book of Poetry at the 2009 Montana New Zealand Book Awards. For more information visit his website.
Flushed From A Tidal Retreat: The oldest unequivocal document of origami is a short comic poem composed by Ihara Saikaku in 1680. It reads: Rosei-ga yume-no cho-wa orisue (The butterflies in Rosei’s dream would be origami). The Rosei in my poem is lifted from this source. In the second and third stanzas, there is a blended, embedded, and overlapped assortment of found fragments cut from National Geographicmagazines by artist Peter Madden. The title is one of these fragments.