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A Quarterly Journal
Jeffrey Woodward, Founder & General Editor
Volume 7, Number 4, December 2013

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Patricia Prime
Te Atatu South, Auckland, New Zealand


A Free Country

cascading
from the fountain
water sprays

Old stone steps lead uphill to the university, slippery, narrow, but I know I’m passing into a park of vibrant green full of birds, trees and flowers, a band rotunda and a statue of Queen Victoria on which gulls like to perch. Here there’s a rough montage of time and character, with people of different cultures, ages and language. I overhear odd snatches of conversation from park benches, the words never clear. A pattern is held. I wonder whether I can make it to the top—is the gatehouse still there where a friend resided so many years ago on a sabbatical? Is there still the underground arsenal from World War II beneath the hill? Still a twist in the path at the end? These are steps into memories.

steep path
the jogger’s
lengthening stride

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