Pacific hypergirls go strut

Whispered messages dissolve in rivers of attention and glances
A long sigh exhales through the valley to Kaipara-moana

Molecules of sound emanate from luminous branches
A syntax of yellow leaves on black trees

Filaments of falling marked by fluid silvery drops
Accurate shapes, incarnate wairua exclamations

Hallucinations of glamorous echoing veils
Silky clay nostalgias, transgressions of moss

A ferment of revolution in the invisible temples
Vorticies of evaporation on the spidery skyline

Lightning on the fuse of your stare

The moon a flower,
White as a flight of doves

In the black balance
Of velvet night


Piet Nieuwland wrote conservation strategies for Te Papa Atawhai in Northland, New Zealand after training as a forester. His poems and flash fiction appear in Landfall, Brief, Catalyst, and Poetry New Zealand in New Zealand; Pure Slush, Truth Serum, Otoliths, Cordite Poetry Review, and Mattoid in Australia; and Blue Fifth Review and Atlanta Review in the US and elsewhere. He edits Fast Fibres Poetry and reviews poetry for Landfall Review Online.