Mercedes Webb-Pullman ~ Trois Lettres

dear Loretta

seven years ago I separated
your strands of Mardi Gras beads
shiney rainbow offerings like
lines of credit
looped around the patrician feet
of your large and very comfortable
I saved a green necklace


dear Beryl

please remind the Kaumatua
to bless the big flax below the urupa
where I placed the cremains of my friend
Loretta from Las Vegas
six years ago
I’m moving north and won’t be able to
visit any more
where the flax booms with tuis


dear tuis

guess I won’t see you
around the new
imported regimented


Mercedes Webb-Pullman graduated from the International Institute of Modern Letters, Victoria University, Wellington, New Zealand with her MA in Creative Writing. She is the author of Tasseography (2014) Track Tales (Truth Serum Press, 2017) and The Jean Genie (Hammer & Anvil Books, 2018). Her poems, and the odd short story, have appeared online (Bone Orchard Poetry, Caesura, Connotations, Danse Macabre, The Electronic Bridge, 4th Floor, Main Street Rag, Otoliths, Reconfigurations, Scum, Swamp, Pure Slush, Turbine, among others) and in print (Mana magazine, Poets to the People; Poetry from Lembas Cafe 2009, The 2010 Readstrange Collection, PoetryNZ Yearbook, many anthologies from Kind of a Hurricane Press, and the Danse Macabre anthologies Amour Sombre and Hauptfriedhof (Hammer & Anvil Books, 2017). She has also won the Wellington Cafe Poetry contest in 2010, and wrote a foreword for their collection of 2012 contest entrants, which included another of her poems. Since then she has been awarded 3rd prize in United Poets Laureate International Poetry Contest 2015, and is particularly proud of having a haiku (the only one from New Zealand) in 100 Haiku for Peace, an international publication in five languages. Her lucky number is 8. Blue. She lives in Paraparaumu Beach, New Zealand.

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