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.

 


Aperture

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