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EARLY SETTLER


you dream a hand
            that will stitch a flag
to the bullet-hole
            in your shoulder

you dream a man
            who wears a huia feather,
stands all Heathcliff
            in the doorway
of the prefabricated house

you dream a door-post
            painted with your insignia:
a monkey, a black swan feather,
            a bike lock

 

From Settler Dreaming, Wellington:   Victoria UP, 2001
Bernadette Hall
 


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