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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

2-Poem #11 - Te Kuiti&Otorohanga - Michael O'Leary

Te Kuiti
Between Taumarunui and
Te Kuiti
The land
Back into deep no-road bush valley
And the rain comes in hard on the train
Te Kuiti Station is now
the community Medical Centre, pai ora

At Otorohanga, near the dilapidated but beautiful old station
the overhead wires of the electric engine
were struck by lightning and they had to
wait for three hours for a replacement diesel
to arrive . . .
It was a good thing
There was ample
Food on board for
the journey had become ‘torohanga’ indeed

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