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Fiona Farrell

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Lucy Rainbow’s Song

Lucy sits under an African sun
stitching her shirt and when
she has done, Lucy will wear it
and people will stare and say
‘Lucy, your hair, there’s
weed in your hair’ and people
will smile and say ‘Stay yet
a while’. But Lucy will step
on the cold white foam
over the water till
Lucy is home

light as rain
light as cloud
light as any sea bird . . .


Lucy Rainbow, 21. Domestic servant. Rochdale. ‘Maori’ 1858. Died of ‘nervous debility’ on voyage.


From Cutting Out (AUP, 1987)

Fiona Farrell

Last updated 23 July, 2007