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Craig Cliff
New Zealand

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Enigmatic blue on a weekly basis - Andy Leleisi'uao
I have an MA in Creative Writing from Victoria University of Wellington, and my publication credits include Sport, Etchings, Takahe, Turbine, Snorkel and JAAM.  I am currently enjoying the Scottish summer in Edinburgh (I'm on my third umbrella); my hobbies include fishing for NZ athletes on the BBC's Olympic coverage and giving Spanish people directions.

The Bumblebee

The instrument my grandfather gave me was not a ukulele or an old oil drum
It was a horn the size of a city block
For which I've never had the lungs.

The garden my grandfather tended was a single pollen-heavy flower
All manner of insects visited
Though none was the perfect fit.

The history my grandfather told me was full of passengers and needles
The good and the not-so-good all got to ride
All got the jab.

The horn, the flower, the history: with clarity I see my grandfather.