Title: Hohner

Author: Amy Brown

In: Sport 36: Winter 2008

Publication details: Fergus Barrowman, 2008

Part of: Sport

Keywords: Verse Literature

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Sport 36: Winter 2008



That night you mutter,
Someone's poked
a hole in its bellows.

A parent's nightmare
about fear of loss and harm.
At seventy-one, she's no baby,

but relatives and friends cradle
her gently, trying to imagine
where she's been,

who made her, who's played her,
how she came to New Zealand.
In the original box,

with an oxidised lock,
there appears to be a lot
of death and history.

A lot of skill and love
and death and history.
The child-sized German

accordion is sapphire blue
and has thin leather straps
to hold on your shoulders.

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It lends itself to Deutschland
Über Alles, Heart of Glass,
the Jewish Wedding March.

Oompah oompah oompah.
I can't play at all well.
You look so miserable,

you say as I keep squeezing
sad noises out
her ornate metal vent.