The Dream Cave, a poem written during New Zealand's 2020 Covid-19 lockdown by 1970 Katherine Mansfield Menton Fellow, Owen Leeming.
Nelson sun, sea, bush, sand,
diamond-starred water, gannet lullaby,
a small boy, by pointed cave mouth,
black store of genitor love, asleep,
fist uncurled, hardly breathing.
Might he be wandering free
in a sky of everything,
of princely dominion, of quilted peace,
with Max and the Maxi Monsters,
a frisk of unicorn foals, a swirl
of silver herons. There he lies encradled,
gloved by the transparent breeze.
An artist’s scene of brightness,
infant, and triangular maw of dark --
benign entrance to the riddle of our selves,
features both known and strange, all smiling –
as we smile at the child’s still face,
at the look of what we have been,
before we grew and knew.