cartographies I

the line borders our minds and we are
tucking long threads of thin streams behind our ears
as we delve into rivers brandishing bridges
and linger beside features of accumulated water
the blue hues and gradients
illuminate the path of our feet
as our trail deepens dust between
phalanges of kelp and tussock
shall we map our footsteps?
not the heel toe imprint
but the rubble of our way.

Makyla Curtis is Scots Pākehā. She recently completed an MA on poetic mark-making at the University of Auckland, and is currently studying for a Diploma in Languages in te reo Māori. She is a letterpress printer, poet and printmaker with an interest in languages and dialects, creative cartography and typography.

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