Title: what was

Author: Maja Haderlap

In: Sport 40: 2012

Publication details: Fergus Barrowman, 2014, Wellington

Part of: Sport

Keywords: Verse Literature

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Sport 40: 2012

what was

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what was

once a year
when bookmarks
fall out of my books
with memoranda like
counting ferns,
registry carnations,
nettle clips,
i go back to my village.

on open pages
stories yellow.
they have turned
to legends
nd laid down their arms,
mockery, tumult,
the dance sweat
that dripped from the brows
of the dancers.

i put on my red smock,
put my hair
over my head like a bush,
wear dirty socks
and boots that would
fit a man.
i smell the pig fat
in the unventilated kitchens,
try out names
and their shadow stories
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that once kicked free,
crash about
like floating wood.

i stop at the yard entrance.
here i laid a stone
with a furrow
encased in lime.
it was supposed to remind me
where i came from.