Briana Jamieson is a Wellington painter, illustrator and poet. She has a BFA(Hons) from Massey University. In 2017 she started the quarterly poetry zine, Salty, and was editor until September 2018. Her work has been published in Mimicry, Death to 2017 and Salty. Recent exhibitions include The Breathing Rooms, Across the Road, Wellington, 2016 and Do you want to keep dreaming?, Tacit Gallery, Hamilton, 2018. She has a forthcoming exhibition of new works, Ghosts, floating, on at Toi Poneke Gallery in April 2019.
Layers of green
I am noticing layers and layers of trees.
Stopping to notice them when I walk.
Trees bright with new growth,
bright little oak leaves, camellias
speckled with old winter flowers.
On a walk yesterday I stood on a hillside
overflowing with nasturtiums
and arum lilies.
They grew like water, pooling
around the edges of paths,
flowing down sides of hills.
Tall cypress and pine
stood grandly among the icing of green.
Fine rain swirled through the air
and I stood under a small, wide-spreading pine,
noticing the brown needles at my feet.
I am looking forward to small things,
like the sycamore tree outside my window
growing large new leaves.
I am slowly filling myself up with these thoughts.