How does your sun?

In Alison Holst’s sunset
the sea creams like butter
wind serrates the shallows
on the earth’s warm crust

For Daniel Vettori, the sun
dips over a shimmering pitch
knocks out distant island stumps
spins on towards the clouds

As the sun sets for Mel Gibson
Barocca slips into blue Tequila
fizzes like a wave retreating
the night devoid of stars

My sun is a broken speed limit
cycling down Paekakariki Hill
a red disc burning up the town
plunging into the rapturous sea.

This poem has been published in:

  • Of Paekākāriki: Poetry, prose, pictures, collected by Sylvia Bagnall, published by Earl of Seacliff Art Workshop, Paekākāriki 2015.
  • Leaving my Arms Free to Fly Around You, Nicola Easthope, Steele Roberts Aotearoa, 2011
  • A Tingling Catch: A Century of NZ Cricket Poems 1864-2009, edited by Mark Pirie, published by HeadworX Publishers, New Zealand 2009.

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