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 Capital of  the minimal
R o b   A l l a n

from Karitane Postcards


More discoveries in the galaxy
a great wall 500 light years long
and invisible stretches from Horizon to Horizon
in the Northern Hemisphere what is invisible
in Southern skies what same infinities to rediscover
- Who made the flowers - Gregory asks
the tide coming up this far
under your control Rona what fictions are written
as the day turns through hills
earth shrines understandable systems of desire
where we are crags and mists retreat and reconnoitre
under control and a playing with fire.
Words walking in place that pointed metaphor.
Truby planted the ngaio on the pathway
- Who made us - Gregory wants to know
following up creation I bow my head unspoken
purpose. Rona on the pathway
the spring rain falling in long sentences.          

[Karitane Postcards, Hazard Press, 1991]

  Rob Allan 2004


Last updated 11 July, 2004