new zealand electronic poetry centre


Joan Drewery

Fugacity 05
Online Poetry Anthology




The jersey and the gown
and the blood
and "childbirth hurts"
   - an indication.

And there with his beating skull
and heaving heart and the
criss-cross of tubes
   - the other.
His early frown and early lungs
and early gut and stick limbs
and the dearness of him
and the bond, the awful unplanned
early bond
and the days and nights given
up to him
and the to-ing and fro-ing
and rocking and singing
and the loving of him.

And then the leaving
and nuku mori
   - the only indication.


nuku mori: (Japanese) - the natural
body smell after the person is gone

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