Pearl-grey moiré silk
above a base-line of pewter,
high top notes cloudy gold.
Oyster Festival tomorrow,
the day the road is jammed with traffic,
the day Bluff is invaded by lovers;
thousands of salt-sweet mouthfuls
dredged from their seabed, shucked deftly,
swallowed alive by the roistering crowd.
Too many people – I’m staying home.
After this rain the paradise ducks will come
down to the green field patched with sky.
Cilla McQueen lives and writes in the southern port of Bluff. A recipient
of multiple awards for her poetry, she eats oysters as often as possible. Cilla’s most recent works are In a Slant Light: a poet’s memoir (2016) and Poeta: selected and new poems (2018), both from Otago University Press.