National Poetry Day: we like it. I was going to walk around town with a fellow poet (Margaret Austin) giving poems to unsuspecting pedestrians. That was fun last year. But this year on Phantom National Poetry Day, Aotearoa/ New Zealand is in lock-down. (Plus it’s raining, as it happens.) So I picked a couple of poems cheerful poems that seem appropriate and am hereby posting them online. One is about the wonderful fact that you and I are not dead. The other is about Breath Control — advice from a 5-year-old life coach.
I’m just one of hundreds, perhaps thousands of poets here in New Zealand. Maybe you are also a poet. Please share any that seem right for a nation in lock-down for this horrible pandemic.