Children Take Short Cuts
It takes a very long line to say I live in a very short street.Children take short cuts down our street, in order, to cross the river bridge.Our island is narrow but we live near its widest point east to west. The city is on the shores of a bay, crescent moon, is its shape. Hills shadow the shape of the bay, Titirangi being closest to shore. On her slopes Tangata whenua seek to restore vegetation. A vegetation more appropriate to the environs of our land. Back in my street my own yard long overgrown, a punga stands tall. Tomorrow I will cross the bridge on my way to the beach and back home. Home; there are no more lines to add to a Whitmanesque sequence. But there might be yet another as I look onto a scene of our yard. How lovely, how young the grass inviting us in to take a seat.
Benita H. Kape © 27.4.2016
Titirangi – name of a hill on the city shore
Tangata whenua – indigenous people of New Zealand
Punga – a fern like tree