Title: meteorite

Author: Jan Wagner

In: Sport 40: 2012

Publication details: Fergus Barrowman, 2014, Wellington

Part of: Sport

Keywords: Verse Literature

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Sport 40: 2012


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in your garden, perhaps,
between the tomato vines
and the carrots, just as
you’re getting the coffee on

and recalling the farmer who ran
outside, hearing a burglar,
to stare out through a hole in the roof of his barn
into the circle of an older

flashlight, the verger who instead
of daffodils
discovered a lump of black, a foundling left
on the threshold with the chuckle

of youthful heavens deep inside it,
cattle lowing in pain in the dawn,
the milk gone sour, a man coming out
of a café to find a ton

of scrap-metal his car-key still fits—
or that it was always the beginning
of some cult, or the moment the plague sets
n, on a monday morning

when the neighbour’s dog suddenly
starts to bark and you go to the door
somewhat older, but hardly
old, and no place else but here.