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Emma's Verse Proves More Than Adequate

Date: 11-11-2015
Author: Emma Shi
Source: Victoria University Of Wellington

Poem Of The Week

Emma Shi is a prize winning young poet from Pakuranga College, Auckland, New Zealand. Her wonderful poem 'Inadequately Blue' is our deserving poem of the week. The poem won the New Zealand National School Poetry Competition organised by Victoria University of Wellington.

inadequately blue

the sky folds open every morning like origami

and i fold out with it, like butterflies,

like pretty birds, lifting away,

only to be caught in the creases of the ocean.

they say that if you make one thousand

paper cranes, you get a wish.

if my fingers did not ache, i would fold and fold and fold

until i got not one wish, but a million,

and i would scatter them across the sea

and kiss the feathers that wash up on the shore each year.

my lipstick stains are stuck on the softest things in the world

like clouds and the boy who didn’t say goodbye.

he dipped his finger into sunsets

and painted my eyes red, orange, fire,

and i would spread that burn out across the ocean

but my fingers shake

and nothing comes out of my mouth but air.


Emma Shi

Congratulations to Emma on her prize winning poem, from all the team at EduzineGlobal.com

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Date: 11-11-2015
Author: Emma Shi
Source: Victoria University Of Wellington


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