Title: Sport 28

Publication details: Fergus Barrowman, March 2002, Wellington

Part of: Sport

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Sport 28: Autumn 2002

Bill Manhire

Bill Manhire

page 34

After the Movie

A cry comes again from the pavilion.
I was that nurse and that civilian,
I was the song in the carillon.

She sat on a tree trunk; no, a boulder.
I was the heart inside the soldier,
that broken arm—that hand, that shoulder.

Night which is moonless, melancholy.
I was the man who was extraordinary.
But who really knows the real Billy Connolly?

page 35

Creative Nonfiction

The ideal reader for his memoir
was some savage version of his mother.
And there she was walking back from the water
coming at last to take his order.

Evening Poem

You stare at the house quietly lit.
You will never inhabit it.

Screen Saver

A distant smudge of mist …
but he is thinking of her face.
Would you like to go there?
You can travel in my place.