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No. 56 (September 1966)
– 51 –

POEM

Soon
between
the wind flaunted mountains
and mangrove harbour
the cicada
chuckle and chatter
of kids at play
will re-echo
metal graunched
by raucous spades
the surf and clatter
of trundled concrete
poured—
a basis
for the weft and warp
of a plaited culture.
Nail fixed
tin weatherboards
reverberate
intermittent hammering
transposed
to stomp rhythms
of steel guitars
in wild cavorting
at the local dance.
The juxtaposition
of old women weaving
kits —
intricate
patterned
forecasts
the intertwining
of a flax tradition
and steel technology
tools of leadership
inculcated
between
wind flaunted mountains
and mangrove harbour
under a mackerel sky.

written after a week spent working at the Herekino Play Centre.