Belmont trig, Wellington (Photo: Rosino/CC BY 2.0)
Belmont trig, Wellington (Photo: Rosino/CC BY 2.0)

BooksMay 22, 2020

The Friday Poem: Matapouri by Hayden Hyams

Belmont trig, Wellington (Photo: Rosino/CC BY 2.0)
Belmont trig, Wellington (Photo: Rosino/CC BY 2.0)

A new poem by Auckland poet Hayden Hyams.

Matapouri

 

As high as standing allows,

where fence posts hang

and maps fly

 

where trig towers scratch the lazy back,

roots hold up footpaths

and footpaths excavate roots

 

I receive this message:

 

Greetings from VFS Global Services LTD

Kindly collect your passport from Suite 805 87-89 Albert St

during business working days from 9am to 3pm.

 

Trailer tracks in the estuary.

Patches of green above septic tanks,

waves releasing the meniscus.

 

Blistering roofs in the valley,

compacted dirt,

drainage.

 

I swim into the white painting.

 

 


The Friday Poem is edited by Ashleigh Young. Submissions for The Friday Poem are welcome at thefridaypoem@gmail.com

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