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a spider tries to anchor its web
in a rivulet of rainwater
               draining near the boy who cracks
               wild nuts with his machete
who doesn’t deal with men just pockets
and their contents however banal
               like this snapshot of a girl
               with a weary expression
crossing a pontoon bridge of felled trunks
to the village where her mother pounds
               a pestle in a mortar
               for the illicit powder
tourists will sniff in high-rise hotels
(‘low tariffs, views of virgin jungle’)
               with European cuisine
               plus refrigerated beer
the boy can almost taste as he spits
and polishes the machete blade
               watching red ants congregate
               on the corpse with this snapshot

7.12.1987, Holly Road, Christchurch


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