13 Apr 2020

Selina Tusitala Marsh: Finding comfort in words

From Easter Monday, 9:07 am on 13 April 2020
Dr Selina Tusitala Marsh

Dr Selina Tusitala Marsh Photo: University of Auckland


Both the incoming and the outgoing Poets Laureate join us this morning for some poetic inspiration on Easter Monday. Selina Tusitala Marsh has recently handed over the baton to David Eggleton, who is also on the programme at 11.40am.


Selina has written something especially for this day after the mini-storm overnight.


Poetry plays

The infinite game


It's backyard touch footy

Over the test match


It's impromptu games

Over re-runs of CATS


It's the tyre-bound raft race

Over the Americas Cup


It's 'there's always more'

Over 'there's not enough'


Sacrifice the spectator in the stand

Paid tickets waving in their hand


Sacrifice the rule-book, its roman numeral font

Sacrifice the won't, the should, the can't


Enter the tomb shrouded in the unseen question

Roll away the stone of the foregone conclusion


And on the third day

Rise to your why


Try it this way, let your line begin

'In everything I do, I believe in…'​

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