Sport 16: Autumn 1996
They stood in the middle of the road
and put straw hats on their bellies
and the wind just held them there.
I thought it was so cool
and they were so cool.
I wouldn’t have minded being
pressed against their skin
with the wind as an
It was down by the old butter factory. I think
in 1906, or something like that,
Rangiwahia won a prize for the best butter
in the World
but all we had now was girls who could keep hats on their bellies.
It was summer
and there was a mirage behind them as the road melted and
They had to explain that to me too.
You’ve got incompetent lips
said my dentist.
You breath through your mouth
which dries out your gums
and that’s why they bleed.
You should massage them more.
It’s not necessarily a bad thing. In women
it’s considered quite sensual
to have fuller lips,
And went on to tell me about his latest
short story idea.