Title: hillside

Author: James Norcliffe

In: Sport 20: Autumn 1998

Publication details: Fergus Barrowman, March 1998, Wellington

Part of: Sport

Keywords: Verse Literature

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Sport 20: Autumn 1998


page 36


they built the walls
stone by heavy stone
and paved a zigzag
of climbing pathways

the trees they planted
were exotic: olives
with leaves of silver
yellow-fruited loquats

they danced upon their
crazy paving until the
cassette faded into a
scratch of repeated static

this should be located
much more precisely:
add an estuary a slow-moving
grey river sandbanks a bridge

at nights light would
run yellow in the water
and beyond the spit
the immensity of ocean

they could not have known
how the stones would float
into the air the pathways
unwind like broken spools

and all their photographs
run yellow and roll
over and over and over