A week of poems: Gregory O’Brien’s ‘Poplar Tree, Tukituki River I and II’



Poplar tree, Tukituki River I


quarters of this



early summer–

tui brush

the sky’s blue

a quivering branch

signals another departure

endless comings and

goings–the blueness

of each black bird.




Poplar tree, Tukituki River II

Greenery, blue-

tail, tui



©Gregory O’Brien






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