Dunedin writer Alan Roddick may hold the New Zealand record as the author who has had the longest period between two books. A new collection of verse was published in September; it follows his debut collection, published in 1967…The two Friday poems are taken from his 2016 book, Getting It Right.
Lost and Found
After that downpour
this toddler’s shoe
dropped on the kerbstone
beside a car
is filled with a foot
of rain water
What am I doing here?
On her new Axminster carpet
the General-Manager’s wife
undressed down to stockings and slip
has been trying to show us she too
can put her toe in her mouth.
Now she’s gone upstairs to get dressed.
The grown-ups are holding their drinks.
The General-Manager’s wife
is coming downstairs again.
I have put my sandal back on.
The grown-ups can’t think where to look.
It was rose-coloured silk, and I know
my parents won’t speak of this, ever.
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