Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Birthday at Tatum Park--By Isha Wagner--New Zealand

Birthday at Tatum Park

a chilly August windless blue sky day
and the elegantly served afternoon tea
of Earl Grey and English Breakfast
with silver pots and fine bone china
gladden the eyes glazed with cataract
and distracts the minds from rheumatic limbs

later we walk amongst the statues of trees
planted by settlers over a century ago
the camera in my hands awaits to capture
the face of a child of seventy-five this day
pinched, wrinkled, thinning bright white hair

with aloof but thick knowing eyes

lens pointed to immortalise the nostalgia
please, she says gently, don't
I look so different from how I feel

her remark astounds me
I put the camera away and
leave this moment alone

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. Dear Isha,
    Love the way you describe "tea" in stanza 1, "silver pots and fine bone china." I learned something through your poem.
    Thank you,

  2. Isha,

    This is a nice poem. I especially love the last stanza; beautiful imagery. Thank you for sharing and continued blessings!

    -MJ (

  3. Hi Unique writer Isha, Thanks for the visit of a
    windless blue sky day, elegantly served afternoon
    tea and Breakfast served with silver pots and fine
    bone China. Thanks for all the words that make up
    "Birthday at Tatum Park" Including her remark
    astounds me I put the camera away to leave this
    moment alone at here gentle words don't I look
    so different from how I feel. I thought I was holding
    the camera, reading this poetry.