Sunday, June 5, 2016

Rhys Frank Brookbanks--By Isha Wagner--New Zealand

Rhys Frank Brookbanks

(my friend, age 26)
Death of a Poet : Christchurch earthquake
February 22, 2011

There is a pattern finer than spun web
Intricate, light-filled, palpable to the inner image
Observable to Rhys' mind's eye
His brain dancing upon words
Forming patterns into constructions
Sudden rush of a secret thought
Twisting itself into zigzag shape
Always the gap twixt word and light
In that space on a summer's day

Earth shakes itself fiercely
Rhys for a few seconds uncomprehending
Then his mind splinters into a million words
The spinning web design does not cease
It toils on.

Isha Wagner is a New Zealand poet. She has resided in many countries including Iceland, Libya, India, and Australia.  She read some of her work at the VIII International Poetry Festival held in Granada, Nicaragua, in February 2012. She has had three collections of poetry published. 


  1. Warm and tender dedication, Isha. Thank you for sharing "Rhys Frank Brookbanks." I enjoyed it. Continued blessings!

    -MJ (

  2. Isha, what a beautiful tribute to your friend! His words will live one to be cherished by many. I am sorry for your loss. Blessings, Connie