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Provincial Champions

David Eggleton


We upped stumps at greyed-out end of play,
tramped down Foxton Straights, gathered steam,
took toheroa without tears, made paua eyes,
pulled rabbit after rabbit from the top paddock,
chucked an oval ball that carried team weight,
ran up a batch of scones, downed keg after keg,
feasted large on a barbecued beast's hind leg,
raised a pedestal to games of knucklebones;
so, mustered bluster of a thousand clich├ęs,
travelled quiet through Southern Cross-lit night,
collected swamp donkeys out of fog's murk,
strangled their teats, made them squirt,
heard milky gurgles rise in steel silos,
and were home and hosed before dawn rose.

 


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