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Friday, July 23, 2010

2-Poem #12 Te Awamutu&Hamilton - Michael O'Leary

Te Awamutu
An eccentric, high
Yellow signpost with
A cryptic message
Held up by two
Thin poles, stands
Where the station
Once did. An earthen
Embankment behind
the split ends of the township

The train wends its way through farm land and southern suburbs
Towards Frankton Junction
Pulling into Hamilton Station where many people get off
And the electric engine is uncoupled
The line to Rotorua and the Bay of Plenty branches off as
The diesel replacement chugs away into the industrial areas
Heading north, its palpable power adding excitement and anticipation
An immediacy
not noticeable with the smooth, steady electric motive

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