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Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Glenn Colquhoun poem: To the girl who stood beside me at the checkout counter of Whitcoulls bookstore in Hamilton on Tuesday


To the girl who stood beside me at the checkout counter of Whitcoulls bookstore in Hamilton on Tuesday

For ten seconds I fell
in love with you.

The first second we met.

You were buying recipes.

The second second we turned,
Taking pieces of each other out of our eyes.

The third second we held each other gently.
Your skin was a small kitten playing with a curtain.

The fourth second we kissed.

Front gates clicked against our fence.

In the fifth second we married.
Your dress was made of Nikau palm.

The sixth second we built a house beside a lake

It was never tidy and the grass was up to our knees.

The seventh second we argued:

About toothpaste and poetry
and who would put out the rubbish.

The eighth second we grew fat and happy
and laid on the ground after eating.

Your stomach wriggled with a round child.

In the ninth second we were old in the same garden
of the same house by the same lake in the same love.

The tenth second we said goodbye.

Your hand slipped away from mine but
seemed to me like something I could feel.

We passed again beside each other without turning

As though we had somehow only met at the checkout
counter of Whitcoulls bookstore in Hamilton
on a faintly blue September Tuesday.



Glenn Colquhoun

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2 Comments:

Blogger Marama said...

was this in our toilet in 101? I can't remember where I know it from.

Just realised how weird that sounded...

Tue Jan 09, 04:57:00 PM  
Blogger Bel said...

Yup - almost definitely one of the shithouse poems.

heh heh...

This extremely cool not-for-profit company teamed up with Qantas and had a selection of illustrated poems inside toilet doors of domestic terminals around Aussie last year - copy cats!!

Tue Jan 09, 05:50:00 PM  

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