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Tuesday, July 20, 2010

2-Poem #10 National Park&Taumarunui - Michael O'Leary

National Park
From the viaduct just out of Ohakune, see the old viaduct
This is real, wild railway country, surrounded by dense bush
Deep valleys where no roadway is seen . . .
Toetoe line the track
The North-South train crews cross over in the middle of nowhere
Back beside the road, the town looks broken up
But the old National Park sign still stands in good repair – 807m above sea-level
too cloudy to see Ruapehu!

Back into deep no-road bush valley
Raurimu Spiral – Pukerimu (half-way
down the spiral) and
Raurimu township
An interesting little town – who lives there?
Down the Whanganui River valley
Curving around to
Taumarunui town!
the train circled into the station

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