Kelly Pope

Kelly Pope is a mental health advocate, youth worker and writer from Ōtautahi-Christchurch. She has previously had poetry published in Turbine, NZPS, Catalyst and Leaving the Red Zone.



photograph the cherry blossom tree
in July, tell me about pain
forked, bare veins against a pale sky

it is emptiness evidenced in matte print
it is polaroid perfect, say the camera can’t lie

show me grief from twelve angles
a crumbled stone wall in a paddock of rye
tell me suffering resonates
show me storm clouds, sleet stained

when hope grows lichen, calcifies,
the flower-press hidden
in the linen cupboard remains

pink cherry blossoms
soft and bone dry