Adrienne’s creativity goes back to her New Zealand childhood. At primary school she wrote and produced plays for her class.
This love changed to poetry at university where she also studied for her A.T.C.L in speech.
Adrienne taught in New Zealand before moving to England then Switzerland. She later married and moved to Germany for a number of years before settling with her three children in Lausanne on Lac Léman. Here she joined the Geneva Writers’ Group, won their first literary poetry prize, judged writing competitions in Nottingham, Renens and Yverdon and directed a play in the Octagon, Pully, a Swiss national theatre.
Adrienne also taught creative dance for many years culminating in her first book Dance, published in Eindhoven, the Netherlands. Her poetry collection, Walking in Sand was published in Switzerland and her latest collection, Mind over Matter, is presently with the publisher . Her poetry has also been published in England and her native New Zealand.
For further information see her website www.adriennehahne.ch
Mind Over Matter
I’d been ill for months, hawking up phlegm,
off school nearly a year. It drove Mum nuts.
They’d added a sunroom to our house.
I’d been moved there for the light,
repotted like a plant, chlorophyll starved.
Housebound, cocooned in cushions on the couch,
boredom stifled my mind.
I complained, non-stop, but forced to stay put.
A therapist was called in ‘You can’t go out’,
she said, ‘but you can leave in your head.’
I thought she was mad.
‘Shut your eyes, trace a track and see where it leads.
I tried and it worked.
I skipped up a path of feathery bush,
glistening ferns unfolded, bowed to make room.
Bell birds broke in with sharp song,
the cacophony of frogs keen to mate,
as they plop into ponds.
I etched butterflies in sand, sniffed flowers,
turned up life under stones,
wrote poems, webbed tales, whistled tunes.
Bees hummed along,
joined the fun.
I pocketed these scenes
bring them out when I’m down.