Foreign Fern’s English Frost

Fern of the Southern hemisphere,
your destiny should have been tree bound.

Alas, you’ve been exiled to a colder clime,
where your growth is hindered.
Not even the man-made jacket around your trunk.
can relieve you of the misery of winter.

Frosted cruelty stunts your plant life:
fronds that once ached to unfurl,
now curl themselves like tightened muscles,
as they try to retain their heat.

Your homeland would have nurtured you,
but no matter what your will or desire,
you’ll never see New Zealand,
and it’s koru welcome again.

© Rowan Taw, 2012, © Dechen Lhamo, 2012


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