The New Motorway


Houses and hedge-clipping husbands
and green-fingered women
and children flighty as sparrows
the universe of an orange tree
ripening in season –

Never! Surely there was always
this grey artery
planned for speed
fumed with motoring winds
flowing with traffic from
yesterday’s turn-off
towards forever.


first published in the booklet that accompanies New Zealand Poets Read Their Work for Children (Waiata, 1974), © Gloria Rawlinson 1974, used by permission of the Rawlinson-Edge Trust. Recording from the Waiata New Zealand Poetry Sound Archive 1974

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