Many things make me sad these days,
the days make me sad, how they fade
into night so soon, how today
becomes yesterday, and then
last year, then seven years ago
when my mother died. She never
minded the passing of time,
getting old. Such a beauty she was.
Divorcing at seventy was a surprise.
She used to sing, sometimes, in a high voice,
‘Nobody knows – the troubles I’ve seen,’
and towards the end she’d sing,
‘Nobody knows …’ and then trail away,
and we knew and didn’t know.
Tim Upperton’s second poetry collection, The Night We Ate The Baby, was an Ockham New Zealand Book Awards finalist in 2016. He won the Caselberg International Poetry Competition in 2012 and again in 2013. His poems have been published in many magazines including Agni, Poetry, Shenandoah, Sport, Takahe, and Landfall, and are anthologised in The Best of Best New Zealand Poems (2011), Villanelles (2012), Essential New Zealand Poems (2014), Obsession: Sestinas in the Twenty-First Century (2014), and Bonsai (2018).