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No. 63 (June 1968)
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Kaumatua

Hori was a big man—
On the Railway scales
he weighed twenty stone.
He loved the pictures.
The seats were narrow
so he sat in the aisle.
The Manager said,
‘Hori is a good Patron.’
He removed an arm between two seats—
In the front row.
Hori was comfortable,
On the screen—Cowboys.
That was years ago.

* * * *

Now Hori is a respected old man.
He spreads himself out
on the living-room couch.
His back is rested.
His toes
Released from pinching boots,
Curl in delicious freedom.
On the screen—Cowboys.
Hori watches Television.

— Marie Andersen.