// Port Hutt //

Port Hutt

 

I take my Aunty to see the shipwrecks at Port Hutt

When we close the truck doors, small birds fly off the top of a caravan without wheels

There’s three of them, I say as we drive down towards the coast

One lies next to the wharf; its flaking pale blue exterior betrays the rot.

The other, further down the beach, is a meeting spot for birds.

The third adorns the tired shore across the bay.

Look, hon. She says, after some time sweeping her hands across the detritus. 

She is turning a piece of paua shell in her fingers.

A bird flies over our heads.

You could never replicate those colours, she is saying, never reproduce them in any kind of art form.

But all I can see is how much her hands look like mine.

 

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// Please Keep This For Your Records //

Please keep this for your records

Will be the name of my first collection of poetry

I recently saw the phrase on some official-looking documents and thought yes

that is it

I like the sound of the words together

Please and keep

For and your and

Two r’s together

Matches made in assonistic lyrrical heaven

 

Please, keep this for your records.

If you know me, you know

How I feel

About

Records

About

Photocopies of photocopies of photocopies

About

The weight of documents made in triplicate.

This is because I was a lawyer in a past life

Who had nightmares about the after-death-wishes of certain clients

and sharp triangles made of folded parchment

and shredded paper colour streamers that would only ever decorate

the insides of locked red-lidded wheelie bins

That is, until I ran away to Europe

And was reincarnated at the East London Buddhist Centre

Where I began to write poems in my head when I should have been meditating

Tsk, Tsk,

Breathe in, breathe out

Cultivate loving kindness

(And remember to write that down)

 

Please - keep this for your records

This is kind of funny

Because I have a box full of journals with most of the pages blank but for black lines making cages

And I call myself a recycler

This is kind of funny

Because it is all digital these days anyway, isn’t it?

And I still have a bulging plastic concertina file playing the same old shit just

in different keys with different letterheads and different dates

This is kind of funny

Because I both want you to and don’t want you to read the thing and/or keep it

Just put a line through the one you don’t want to choose, okay?

 

Fuck it. 

 

Everybody already knows that all the good stuff – the what-they-call “juicy bits” happen off the record,

anyway.

 

Still.  Please.  KTFYR.

// Waiata //

Aldous Harding is my fave.  Watching her play at Blue Smoke in February was one of those rare occasions where I felt like I'd experienced something potent and precious - like seeing a fantail in the trees above your head moments before it darts away somewhere out of sight.  I won't attempt to describe the music itself; it'd be almost as bad as that there simile (sorry team, its been a day).  Her second album Party comes out in May.

Get it.

// Weathered //

"And once the storm is over you won't remember how you made it through, how you managed to survive. You won't even be sure, in fact, whether the storm is really over. But one thing is certain. When you come out of the storm you won't be the same person who walked in."

Haruki Murakami, Kafka on the Shore

Owenga // Black and White

"The glitter of sunlight on roughened water, the glory of the stars, the innocence of morning, the smell of the sea in harbors, the feathery blur and smoky buddings of young boughs, and something there that comes and goes and never can be captured, the thorn of spring the sharp and tongueless cry - these things will always be the same."

Thomas Wolfe - "You Can't Go Home Again"