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A Quarterly Journal
Jeffrey Woodward, Founder & General Editor
Volume 6, Number 1, March 2012

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Owen Bullock
Waihi, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand


Pukekos

glimmering light
pukekos pace through
the dew

I count eight pukekos foraging, one's a baby. Beyond this paddock is the estuary, Bowentown head, Tuhua in faded distance. The pukeko chick gets nearer. It seems older than the others somehow, more timeless; its feet are completely out of proportion to its body, useful in the swamps. It's brown and fluffy with a slight pale stripe on the wings, the head darker.

aeroplane
sound
in the sky

I've tried too hard at life, attempting to be perfect; having realised that, I feel weary and relieved.

A breeze flaps the shade sail—is that trying to be something? No. There are many noes to our endless questions.

two pukekos
step across the paddock
in unison

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