New verse by Dunedin writer Vincent O’Sullivan.
After Lucy Tinakori’s Famous Party
I love it that poetry now so possesses the world
it is not possible to play ‘pin the tail’ at a children’s
party without every child being the winner
wherever the tail’s pinned. Space is guaranteed
compliant the way thumb’s fumbling’s inevitably
spot on. Every child comes home
happy, ‘I won just as much as Jane did!’.
There’s as many winning donkeys as smiling
kiddies, what a happy thing to realise so early on!
Only one child slapped (oh, but lightly)
as mum hauls her back to the Humvee
taking her home. Holly, her name, the spoiled
child who refused to play, who shouted, ‘I
know I lost, stop saying I won!’, and twice
on the drive back saw donkeys in paddocks
and tails exactly where she knew they had to be,
and said – slapped for that as well – ‘See? Arse.’
Vincent O’Sullivan, 2018
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