Fighting his way upstream, every
floods of memories, wading
the tide again, a wash
Note: Pounamu is the Te Reo Māori name for Jade / Greenstone that can contain striking swirls of colour.
Chris Parsons taught English in Japanese colleges and universities for six years. He now works as a Child Psychologist and lives in Christchurch. His poems appear in Auckland Poetry, Blackmail Press, JAAM, the Otago Daily Times, Snorkel, Takahe, Southern Ocean Review and The Typewriter.
Parsons writes: “This is a poem about the unconscious — that murky ocean that we explore at night. The idea that we are influenced by things in our mind that we are not aware of is one of the great contributions made by people like Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung.”