When you offer only three
vertical lines precisely drawn
and set into a dark pool of lacquer
it is a visual kind of starvation:
and even though my eyeballs
roll up and over to peer inside
myself, when I reach the beginning
of your eternity I say instead: hell
let’s have another feed of mussels
Like, I have to think about it, man.
When you stack horizontal lines
into vertical columns which appear
to advance, recede, shimmer and wave
like exploding packs of cards
I merely grunt and say: well, if it
is not a famine, it’s a feast
I have to roll another smoke, man
But when you score a superb orange
circle on a purple thought-base
I shake my head and say: hell, what
is this thing called aroha
Like, I’m euchred, man. I’m eclipsed?
from http://www.honetuwhare.co.nz/poems.php Steele Roberts Publishers
3 thoughts on “NZ Poetry Day – Tuwhare”
Ah, yes …
This is my favourite Tuwhare poem. It never gets old.
Me too! I’ve read it a hundred times and always feel. . . eclipsed? by the end. So brilliant.