New verse by Wellington writer Nick Ascroft.
This Beaver’s Thirst
They flip you up your mom and pop
and land you on your little feet.
Some things they say can make you stop,
but then you think, gee whiz that’s neat.
And they were flipped up by their nans
and caught with gentle hands by gramps,
who told them: ‘Never shelve your plans’,
who told them: ‘Never dim your lamps.’
Manhandled on our way with care
and wisdom down life’s corridor
they make us see the world is fair,
and we must sterilise the poor.
Nick Ascroft, 2018
The Spinoff Review of Books is brought to you by Unity Books.
The Spinoff Weekly compiles the best stories of the week – an essential guide to modern life in New Zealand, emailed out on Monday evenings.