The Kowhai and Me

James Apps

Poet - Author - Artist - Cat Lover

Cat Writer

James Apps

Poet, writer, artist and perpetual student.

The Kowhai and Me

 

This is a collection of poems, some from New Zealand and some from UK. The title "The Kowhai and Me" reflects the relationship I had with New Zealand, and the beautiful tree that blooms yellow in the spring before the leaves appear, much as the Forsythia does in the UK.

 

The Kowhai, pronounced co-fi, is the symbol of spring and of the native trees, the shape and formation of the land that was colonised by the English, regarded by the British who emigrated there as "A Little England", but it wasn't as I discovered. New Zealand was a land unique to itself with plants fauna and flora that belonged there. The Kowhai, as much as the Kauri tree, to me is a symbol of New Zealand, the land the Maori's call Aoteroa, commonly called as 'the land of the long white cloud' which seems to suit the place.

 

Looking back over the poems I have included I realised that many of them were political, some were whimsical and others simply indulgent. Some amused me, not just because they were amusing but that they reflected what I thought at the time, which revelation surprised me.

 

As I say on the back cover - open the book and read it.