Title: Maker

Author: Rachel Bush

In: Sport 38: Winter 2010

Publication details: Fergus Barrowman, 2010, Wellington

Part of: Sport

Keywords: Verse Literature

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Sport 38: Winter 2010



I hold a fat black pencil
that has six sides and read aloud
the indented gold words. They say
They make me think of an elephant
at work in India or another country
that one day I might visit.

The elephant is dark and heavy. Its skin
is lined and hairless. Its trainer wears a turban.
He shouts commands in a language
I can't translate. The animal lifts in his trunk
a log with rough bark. It must carry this to a river
where the log floats downstream with others.

The black paint ends in a perfect wavy line where the sharpener shaved it to make a point. What I want to think about is not the strength of the elephant nor the big precision of its gait but a pencil maker with a pot of black paint and one of gold who sits in a factory and imagines an elephant and a writer.