Elizabeth Welsh is a New Zealand short story writer, poet & editor who has been published in a number of New Zealand literary magazines including Blackmail Press, Side stream, Enamel and the upcoming New Zealand feature of The International Literary Quarterly. She is the Arts & Letters review writer for Morph magazine. She has been published academically in the Graduate Journal of Asia-Pacific Studies and spoken at the recent Katherine Mansfield symposium held in Melbourne, Australia. Elizabeth is the Editor of The Typewriter an online poetry initiative for emerging New Zealand poets currently in its third year.
the patterns of your voice
The way your lips and tongue move over
your words flit
like the migration of Hyde's godwits.
Between two landmasses you are immovable,
your voice tossing dual intonations,
a spinning coin in the air.
I sit poised waiting for the pacific twang
the thump and coarse e and I shudder at
what I think I am waiting for.
Instead we speak past each other
and I have to remind myself
to listen to the silkily evasive words,
not just the lips moving indubitably as if you were
the television on mute.