Onemana Detail

It’s here     where seeds find their loopholes 
on loamy crags     and flaxen sand folds 
like quilt     that circadian rhythms adjust 
and the straightened sea     as a despairing child 
grown quiet     nests in my mind     a surrogate dream 
In the blood’s heraldic company     I scan for pipis 
stilted shapes of ancestors fizz against a bright world 
they’re pushing forward     as exiled salmon 
that sip faint headwaters     I’m thawing 
according to some zeroth law 
no corvine pines     no dark at winter’s throat 
just shellfish in their salty sockets     small orders 
weaving magnetic miles     yes dive for paua 
yes try a million shades     of green and blue 
skyward     the wind shaking the clouds out 


Medb Charleton was born in Ireland and first came to New Zealand in 2005. She completed her MA in Creative Writing at the IIML in 2007 and has since had poems appear in Poetry New ZealandLandfallSportJAAM and Takahe.