Title: Sport 21: Spring 1998

Publication details: Fergus Barrowman, October 1998, Wellington

Part of: Sport

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Sport 21: Spring 1998

At the End of the Day

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At the End of the Day

when the small or large table is set
with expectation and with pleasure
— a child placing one firm object
beside another, a knife beside
a plate, the salt beside the pepper -
will the father be there?

How many times
this particular day
which comes along behind
all the other days
— making the one & only
story of a child's life —
will Ana, Joe & James
hear their father say
their own names?

Or must they too go out
pushing through
day after long day
to make their own names
and to do whatever it takes
to make them?