My mother’s sugar bowl
is tinged with sadness
And cannot be put
Tea of tar and smoke. Tea of green.
A china bell, a silver spoon,
whirl a pool, lip a fine warm rim.
Smile over it.
A place to rest,
a small vessel decorated with roses.
The Radio Room by Cilla McQueen is a finalist in this year’s New Zealand Post Book Awards. The winners will be announced at a ceremony at Te Papa on Wednesday, 27 July 2011.