You Say Zee and I Say Zed

The letter Z sears the page
grabs the New Zealand eye
especially those ex pats
pining for home.
Chances are high
of the context
being our country
these earthquake isles
hardly ever in the news
so nomads clutch
voraciously read
close the gap between
where the heart lurks
and the head
stamps passports
to nowhere.

Barry Southam

When not dotting the i,
Barry Southam spends time spotting the I among poets,
and watching the multiplication of the species as part of his course
Behavioural Studies 101 at the University of NZ.
His website is