Title: Mexican Couple

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

Mexican Couple

page 94

Mexican Couple

She loves the milky gaze
the way he looks through her sometimes
from where he's been.

And he? Also loves, but lacks
They try to break

and for a while ‘the hours
were broken’ but
history sticks them back

together, a rough match
until one burns out
in a halo of fire.

Sometimes unhappiness
—his affairs, her operations—
makes a pair perfect

this too is written
in the bestiary of marriage
the elephant, the bleeding hind

the shape of things
the heart, the arrow
unknown to Vogue

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but covered, yes
and coveted. The art
to struggle into

what you've got
catch the photographer
off guard

and there!
two pre-Columbian idols
outstare Time.