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Sunday, August 8, 2010

2-Poem #23 Auckland Revisited xv&xvi - Michael O'Leary


But there are some compensations
Accompanying the new order
Greenlane is a station again
No longer just a coal pit
as we head rail-south

Past the industrial Penrose pineapple
And long-redundant Southdown works
A still-standing shell, the train jerks
To a halt, waiting for a cross-over shunt at Westfield
. . . which lurks

Just beyond the Otahuhu works as the points change


Because this is an express
It is a clear run to Papakura
Through lazy Mangere
And Papatoetoe and Manurewa
then another changeover back

And this time we take the points
At Westfield, into the Orakei Deviation
With a certain sense of elation
I am homeward bound, I wish I was
. . . the source of creation

So as to recreate the past and its sorrows

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