Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Castor Bay (4.30 pm)

[photograph: Dr John Ross (2005)]

Castor Bay

The day your driver stopped
not halfway home

to say another bus had crashed
in Takapuna

& he’d been told
to turn around

pick up the passengers
but you got out instead

thinking it might be quicker
to walk home

only to see his tail-lights

before you got halfway there
your feet started to hurt

in those damned sandals
until you tried

that one surefire shortcut
that took so much longer

& you felt
not so much alive

as if you ought to feel

something like that

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