BooksMay 25, 2018

The Friday Poem: ‘Keanu is afraid’ by Jane Arthur


New verse by Wellington writer Jane Arthur, who pocketed $5000 last week as winner of the 2018 Sarah Broom Poetry Prize.


Keanu is afraid

I am afraid of the dark. But I mean that in a real
philosophical way. – Keanu Reeves


Keanu must seek out the light.

The dark makes him feel so afraid:

it’s crammed with things concealed from sight.

His eyes are seeking out the light.

He finds small comfort in the shade –

the light that’s forced itself through night.

He desperately seeks out the light.

This dark makes him feel so afraid.


Jane Arthur, 2018

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