Thorn and Wind


on the spring day
that love was born
the wind whipped
the budding thorn

on the winter’s day
that love was dead
the thorn ripped
and the wind bled

from Anzac Day: Selected Poems (Hazard Press, 1997), © Kevin Ireland 1997, used by permission of the author. Recording from the Waiata New Zeland Poetry Sound Archive (1974).

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