Leilani Burgoyne New Zealand
Leilani Burgoyne is a Pacific poet currently living and working in Wellington. She is a New Zealand-born 'afakasi Samoan, who is also of German, Tongan, and Scottish ancestory. She has previously had three poems published in Niu Voices: contemporary Pacific Writing and also co-edited Polynesian Panthers in 2006. She has a Masters in Pacific History and is passionate about the future of the Pacific and issues to do with identity and migration.
Visionary There is a voidless gulf that exists somewhere out there It is there that I bury my fears and insecurities.. my commiserations for yesterday and my fear of tomorrow .. To write is to be free of that reality. It is through writing that I have discovered & seen the falsity of the world that I have been entertaining How did it come to be that false Gods have so easily come to dominate my reason? I wonder at the misuse of my passion and drive.. at the absurdity of a life wasted I seek redemption in the crook of the night.. in the lucid visions of madmen who believe emancipation is possible.. …possible… Black Night I know nothing more than that the current state of my Unhappiness is all consuming I long to feel ALIVE in the DEAD of the night .. I am about to take a sharp U-turn & there is a very real possibility that I will Crash.. I wonder whether the impact will be great & am curious about its weight compared to the threat of choosing to continue down this path ...that will lead to the Garden of Eden… that is so long as I pay my taxes. True Love Exists. When I am here ALONE I often find that the vibrancy of the life that is mine pales in comparison to the agony that is my love for you. You are not the pretentious reflection that is my reality. You are the REAL nifo oti that drives home that reality & peels back the layers of foolishness & pride that stifle my SELF. When I am joined to you I can feel the love that is us pulsating, reverberating, moving… in the unseen space that exists at the edge of all things defined. Here, only True Love EXISTS.