ASH DAVIDA JANE
Love poems when all the flowers are dead
This is the start of a new poetry school It’s called ~Dinosaur Romanticism~
We write lines like
I miss you like a long dead pterodactyl misses the air rushing through its wings!
You make my body tremble like a much younger Earth under a T-Rex’s feet!
I’d swallow the comet whole for you
but it can’t make them come back
Here’s my ode to a diplodocus Here’s my meditation on brachiosaurus hearts
It would have gone down well in the Late Jurassic era but it’s no good as elegy
Here’s a pile of old bones lashed together +
a library like a graveyard with shiny new
This poem is like a bird’s broken rib It’s so small you’d never notice it
but once there’s enough of them you’ll start to hear it—
the gaps in the song
You can dress a skeleton up as much as you want but it still looks just as dead
You can hide the scent
You can come crying when all your books are full of rotting corpses
& all your love poems are about birds that your children will never see alive
only tiny dioramas in museums
cold bones with the feathers hot-glued on
Ash Davida Jane is a poet and bookseller from Te Whanganui-a-Tara. She has a Master of Arts from the International Institute of Modern Letters. Her first collection, Every Dark Waning was published by Platypus Press in 2016. Some of her recent work can be found in Sport, Starling, Sweet Mammalian, Peach Mag, and Turbine | Kapohau. Currently, she’s working on a collection of poems about the cohabitation of humans and other animals.
Jane comments: ‘A 2019 report from the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) states that around 1,000,000 species of animals and plants are under threat of extinction.’
IPBES media release: ‘Nature’s dangerous decline “unprecedented”; species extinction rates “accelerating”’ (May 2019)