Laurice Gilbert is Vice-President of the New Zealand Poetry Society, after 8 years as Empress of Everything. She has had poems published in many NZ journals and anthologies, as well as publications in Australia, the USA, Canada, the UK, and Israel. She published her first collection, My Family & Other Strangers, in December 2012 and her second book, a joint collection with Portuguese poet Hugo Kauri Justo, will be published shortly. She's in recovery after an extended period of poetry burnout.
Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be
Most minds are about as lemon as they scrunch up their mouths to be
Most lemons are as metal as they pare their mottled skins to be
Most metals are as deep as they train their house pets to be
Most pets are as touched as they let their humans be
Most humans repeat what they hope to be
Most folks hope