WHAT’S TO SEE HAS JUST BEGUN

Do you like goldfish

In a bubbling tank

And a tiny diver

With a treasure chest

That spilled and sank?

Do you like babyish

Picture books and puzzle tests

On the playpen bench -

And the battered toys -

Which one is best?

Do you like foolish

Adults in a tizz

Worrying too much

About the state you is -

They need a rest!

Do you like unselfish

Kindly docs and nurses’

Gentle looks and gentle touch -

Making better girls and boys

So ‘ickiness reverses?

I think I like this waiting room

With its many little teases

There is lots of joy and fun

And what’s to see has just begun

Even though I’ve got the sneezes!

Sticking Point

Poems are like a Pooh Stick -

You hunt around for something gnarly

That can be recognized

But that irrepressibly

Has pretension towards fluid dynamics.

When you have found your stick

Pare off the redundant twigs carefully

Leaving only what’s designed

So that inevitably

It projects personal ergonomics.

ANIMANA

Sophie I talked to your sister in Whanaurua Bay.

She has lost her teeth but her smile is beautiful.

She makes the most wonderful apple pie

Mounding and smothering it in cream from a squirty tube.

I asked her: ‘Can I take a photograph?’

She was shy about her teeth but appreciative

Of my attention and half-agreed that she should

Treat herself to a set of dentures that she could enjoy.

SOLO ROAD TRIP

I’m off on a photo-essay and poetry pilgrimage around New Zealand’s wild and remote East Cape. Back online 13th April.

PARTING AND PATRIOTISM

I started regularly checking the Irish Times online for two reasons. First, Ireland and New Zealand have quite a lot in common in terms of their economies so it is often useful to compare policies and trends as evidenced by Erin and Zea.  And secondly, I have a more romantic reason - I was brought up in England to believe that the Irish write the best English in the Anglophone World.

As for the latter I’m no longer convinced.

HAPPY 200th BIRTHDAY OTTO - SOME QUOTES

The great questions of the day will not be settled by means of speeches and majority decisions but by iron and blood. The secret of politics? Make a good treaty with Russia. Friendship between a man and a woman is weakened by nightfall. People never lie so much as after a hunt, during a war or before an election. When you want to fool the world, tell the truth.

ED MONEYPENNY'S EYES LIGHT UP!

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/generalelection/ed-miliband-wants-rosamund-pike-to-be-the-first-female-james-bond-10147248.html

THE ARK LEFT FROM DOCK 9 IN SALFORD

I was deeply irritated by Sam Wollaston’s review of the BBC’s drama ‘The Ark’ – and its snarky aside that ‘They should have set it in modern-day Manchester’.

http://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2015/mar/31/the-ark-review-modern-day-manchester

... and behold there will be diverse froward abominations that defile from the Land of Posh.

STOP

Somebody just flew

A full plane of passengers

Into a mountain

Proving that if

You fly a plane into a mountain

It will stop suddenly

And disintegrate.

But as the new day came

I looked out to Baring Head

And saw the lamp

Of the light house winking

Protecting the ships from the rocks

Proving that if

You are careful

And let your mind

Come to a full stop .

Oh I get it - the crackpots and sycophants are leaking and back-stabbing. And Key has isolated himself from the crackpots and sycophants who were previously allowed a hearing on the 9th floor of the Beehive because they have proven to be back-stabbers and leakers. Sounds plausible to me.
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