Title: Trio

Author: Jane Gardner

In: Sport 18: Autumn 1997

Publication details: Fergus Barrowman, April 1997, Wellington

Part of: Sport

Keywords: Verse Literature

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Sport 18: Autumn 1997


page 38


Stroking stubble, he blows smoke
at the ceiling. Cath's flabby
after the kid, leaks milk.

Shirl has a harder frame, she made him
bottle Sam at night. He'd preferred
soft Cath, her moans flattered

when Shirl's didn't. Shirl's red-head rage!
Cath's hair has lost its way
like tattered grass. He wants her

heart hot, creamy. He dislikes
the green bitterness in the corners
of her mouth, lined like her

leather skirt. Shirl wants him
at some school do for Sam's sake. Cath'll
come reluctantly, again. She'll clutch

the kid hard and she and Shirl won't
see one another.