Maureen Sudlow
The Return
by Maureen Sudlow

going south
in the Antipodes mid-winter
feeling the bite
of the frost on our skin

beauty of the mountains
and the salt tang of
southern seas
where the dolphins
surf the waves
and the albatross wanders
the sky-ways for eternity

woken by the song
of the bell-bird
in the pines

storing memories

© Maureen Sudlow

AUTHOR’S NOTE ON THE PHOTOGRAPH: Just a selfie (I am the photographer in the family so photos of myself are few and far between — especially on holiday!). This one was taken when we were walking in Akaroa (New Zealand).

NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR: It is not summer down here in the Antipodes, but we took a break to visit my home town of Christchurch for the first time since the big earthquake. Some of that time was spent in Akaroa and we were lucky enough to get out on a catamaran to see the dolphins. Very cold but we loved it!


ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Maureen Sudlow lives in Dargaville, New Zealand, and has published one book of poetry and a children’s picture book. Her picture book was short-listed for the NZ Storylines Joy Cowley Award. More information is available on her blog