Title: Effleurage

Author: Elizabeth Smither

In: Sport 3: Spring 1989

Publication details: Fergus Barrowman, October 1989, Wellington

Part of: Sport

Keywords: Verse Literature

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Sport 3: Spring 1989



Zephyr over water (the last move
Of zephyr outside a zoo)
So light, unseen-to-move
A liquid stroke over liquid beneath.

Skin could do this to skin
And find fish within
Or heavier breathing aggrieved bears
Without ice holes to speak.

Stay, the moving fingers semaphore
To bear or maggot, herring or swan
Pushing their snouts towards us
Touch is our deepest theology.