11 May 2010

Tuesday Poem: An Alien's Notes on first seeing a prunus-plum tree, by Jane Matheson

An Alien's Notes on first seeing a prunus-plum tree
by Jane Matheson

This is a device for recycling air
...so intelligently functional in its design
yet aesthetically pleasing in its line.
These delicate rose-petalled flowers...
so soft to stroke, you can do it for hours!
It is wondrous too
that in the heat of the summer sun,
these flowers become
marble-sized ruby-red rounds
of delectable fruit-flesh.

Humans call it a prunus-plum tree
I would very much like
to take it back with me.

This poem is included in Voyagers: Science Fiction Poetry from New Zealand, edited by Mark Pirie and Tim Jones (Interactive Press, 2009).

Voyagers cover

You can buy Voyagers from Amazon.com as a paperback or Kindle e-book, or from New Zealand Books Abroad, or Fishpond.

You can also find out more about Voyagers, and buy it directly from the publisher, at the Voyagers mini-site.


LentenStuffe said...

Very fine choice, Tim. A velvety, wry lyric that has non-resident aliens in it.

Tim Jones said...

Thank you, John - I'm glad you like it!

Mim said...

I enjoy the sly irony.

Kay Cooke said...

A clever idea for a poem and very subtly and successfully executed. Thanks for posting it Tim. (And all the best for the award I see Voyagers is listed for!)

Tim Jones said...

Thanks, Mim and Kay. I'm just about to put up a blog post about those award nominations...