I have eyes for the cake
rising slowly in the oven.
The sweet smell of vanilla
escaping, but there is talk
about the pond teeming
with Goldfish. Go see the fish.
Every visit goes like this.
Now my mother joins my
aunt, looking back and forth
to her sister and the gaggle
of us, her head nodding toward
the kitchen door that leads out
to the lush garden and pond.
On the steps I hear the kettle
whistling over my aunt laughing
as the two relax, swapping secrets
of forbidden love. Our ears deaf to
their native tongue.
Outside amongst the hedges we
reach between branches of Camellias
searching for treasure. The winner –
the first to hold up a fist with a cicada
singing for release.
The clouds move at great pace
animals drift in and out of view.
In the distance the wind carries
the sound of intermittent sobbing.
I cock my head to the left and
hear only the cicadas singing
freely on the wind.
Kim Meredith was raised in Glen Innes, Auckland; her works have appeared in journals and collections. She has collaborated with artists in New Zealand and overseas. A multi-media artist she is part of Auckland duo Marvellous with Kingsley Melhuish performing poetry and music, their compositions narrate urban sketches of New Zealand life. She is a businesswoman and also teaches at a Music Tertiary School.