Janet Wainscott lives near Christchurch and writes poetry and essays. Her poetry has appeared in takahe, Landfall, Poetry NZ Yearbook, Shot Glass Journal and in recent NZPS anthologies. Find her at www.janetwainscott.com.
A child on the plains
far from anywhere, defined
by distance real and imagined –
the earth unrolled
all around her, a patchwork carpet
stitched together with pine
and gorse. She felt so tiny
in all that emptiness, and wanted
to fly beyond the horizon
to where she would never
feel tiny again.