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Cafe Poet to Share Poems at Poetry Reading

Our Cafe Poet Diana Bell Brooks has just returned for a short break in NZ and has penned this poem to share with you. You can hear more of her poetry at the Cafe Poet Poetry Reading on Friday 3 December at 5.30pm for a 6pm start at Cafe Latte, 173 Summer Street, Orange. Please RSVP to the Cafe or Orange City Library on 6393 8132. Cost is $5 payable on the night and includes a glass of champagne and nibbles. And here is the poem to enjoy:

Mission Bay, Auckland

Triangles of sail slice

pale zircon waves,

a sand carpet unravels

rectangles of light

to the toes of Mt Rangitoto,

a lizard sleeping in the afternoon.

Waves curl and slip, clouds edge

this small clear world

constructed out of memories

where I once flew with my brother

on his bicycle down to the sea

proudly sheltered by his arms

to paddle in the nursling waves.

The sea covers his ashes now

and speaks of him.

My granddaughter is four,

and I am half a century more

another sea and another country away

We build a sandcastle

in Mission Bay and adorn it

with pippies, limpets and tower shells

A rampart with windows

overlooking a moat

watches the brimming tide.

I watch the sea slip back and know

only this sea

speaks the truth to me.

Diana Bell Brooks

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