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Graham Lindsay

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Picnic on a clifftop


First you feel
like making

love to the world, it's that great

to be alive. Then you excuse
yourself and you're left

forever after with an astonishing
first impression it's true

what they say about love, it comes

complete with instructions.
You set it up
and it falls

into place


Carving a leg
down to bone, making an effort

to let the die come true she means him

and he her.
Thistledown drifts

in the sun's pale beam, ships
chained to the sea floor parp.
A wave flowers


From The Subject (Auckland: AUP, 1994)
Graham Lindsay

Last updated 23 December, 2003