Title: A Drop of Mercury

Author: Chris Price

In: Sport 17: Spring 1996

Publication details: Fergus Barrowman, November 1996, Wellington

Part of: Sport

Keywords: Verse Literature

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Sport 17: Spring 1996

A Drop Of Mercury

page 93

A Drop Of Mercury

Great-Aunt Helen
orbits Emily Way
twenty years of houses, friends
suddenly unfamiliar

she keeps the vertigo
to herself (a drop
of mercury)
walks the shopping trolley
remembers flying
—her first Piper Cub
at 35—

and a canoe
on the Amazon
of which her grand-
daughters are ignorant

looks at her life
star cooling at the
wrong end
of the telescope

long nights in a room
only gravity listening.