Maxine Beneba Clarke
Lenticular Cloud – for Christchurch

across the tasman

through a westerly

     in ōtautahi, aotearoa


land of the long








lives a tiny creature

warbling, flightless


unlike any

        endothermic vertebrate


the great spotted kiwi

loves for a lifetime


when she births


she lays a higher ratio

for her size

        than any other


to bring new life

to bring new life


to ōtautahi, aotearoa

Maxine Beneba Clarke is the author of The Hate Race and Foreign Soil. She is a winner of the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Poetry.