This Friday’s poem is by Janet Frame and comes from An Anthology of Twentieth Century New Zealand Poetry, selected by Vincent O’Sullivan, published by Oxford University Press, 1976.
When the Sun Shines More Years Than Fear
When the sun shines more years than fear
when birds fly more miles than anger
when sky holds more bird
sails more cloud
shines more sun
than the palm of love carries hate,
event hen shall I in this weary
seventy-year banquet say, Sunwaiter,
I have no hunger,
remove my plate.
– Janet Frame –