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BooksOctober 27, 2017

The Friday Poem: ‘End’ by James Brown

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New verse by Wellington writer James Brown




For five fucking years and fuck

knows how many fucks

he was fucking my friend and

she was fucking my husband.


Angry? Do I sound angry?

These things happen. That’s what he said.

Marriage is a journey and

sometimes you reach the end.


Thanks for that. But you can’t just turn

your feelings off like a tap, can you?

The quiet evenings drip long

into the night. How do you change


a fucking faucet? I hate him most

for being only practically right.

From the new collection of verse Floods Another Chamber by James Brown (Victoria University Press, $25), available at Unity Books.

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