‘Riddles’, by Cilla McQueen

Cilla McQueen has been referred to a few times on this wee blog, not least because she is one of my favourite NZ poets. I was delighted, therefore, to see one of her offerings in this week’s ODT. And I thought ‘Riddles’ was worth re-sharing:

Who am I, with bulldozed flanks,
my hoard that rises and falls as ships gorge on me?
Resembling mountains, I contain forests.
Forest after forest they come, and are emptied.
Wind sculpts their dark gold hearts exposed.

Who am I, half-killed by chainsaw, shyly returning?
Crowds of miniature oval solar panels, a green hoard safe in my basket-case, proof against browsing moa.
Shorn by wind on the hill, you might take me for the shadow of a hunch.

Who am I now, suspended in mid-air?
I have worked all night to manifest my idea with all the means at my command.
I wait quietly at the centre of my idea.

4 thoughts on “‘Riddles’, by Cilla McQueen

  1. Nice poem. Thanks for sharing.

    I’ve been listening a bit lately to Emmylou Harris’ “Hard Bargain” CD. Thought you may like these lyrics.

    I’m a bit run down but I’m OK
    Just feel like callin’ it a day
    But you send me back to the start
    You drive a hard bargain

    Each time I’m heading for nowhere
    Doomed and determined to go there
    It seems I never get far
    You drive a hard bargain
    You drive a hard bargain

    How’s a girl supposed to fail
    With someone like you around them
    I’ve tried and tried to no avail
    You just can’t seem to let me down
    You drive a hard bargain

    So I keep on playin’ that old song
    Cause for all I know it’s where I belong
    When the world is breaking my heart
    You drive a hard bargain

    You send me back to the start
    You drive a hard bargain
    You drive a hard bargain

    I’m a bit run down but I’m OK

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