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Midsummer in Paerātā

Midsummer in Paerātā
Starlings on powerlines
Smoke rising incessantly
From the steel mill into
The wide grey sky
Opening in a soft wound
Bringing rain on the Manukau
Warm wind that carries rain
The children play
In lukewarm waves
Muddied harbour water rising
Surrounding lovers kissing
Chest deep knees sinking
Into the mudflats and
The tide is
Coming
In