Chairman Miaou exhorts a thousand Tuesday Poets to blossom
Spring in Dunedin
is like a message from the central authorities
that there is more to life
than woollen socks and substance abuse
is an enthusiastic lover
who wakes early to examine the face of
a sleeping partner
the slow delicious thaw
of an expected frost
by Pamela Gordon
(from Under Flagstaff: An Anthology of Dunedin Poetry University of Otago Press 2004)
More Tuesday poems can be found at: the Tuesday Poem Blog. The Tuesday poem posted on that blog today is by one of the very best New Zealand poets of all time, Kendrick Smithyman.
A scribbler such as myself could be overwhelmed by a great poet like Smithyman's talent and significance, and be cowed into silence, but I am heartened by the popular phrase "Let a thousand flowers bloom", an affirmation evolved from Chairman Mao's injunction to "Let a hundred flowers blossom". Only a hundred? Make that thousands of Tuesday poets!