Title: To This

Author: Cliff Fell

In: Sport 40: 2012

Publication details: Fergus Barrowman, 2014, Wellington

Part of: Sport

Keywords: Verse Literature

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Sport 40: 2012

To This

To This

She came from a place of upright pianos

where music was ever a thing to be touched
on newly restored
hammers and strings

and a man with fingers deft
at inlaying walnut
could divine the life of each broken key

but she was in love with drowning sailors
and maps of other islands

and she made her own music by swimming alone
through the loops of their long cities
and learning to sing the tides

and if she had a fear it was of men in suits
and their heavy briefcases
or playground bullies with their busy arms

she thought nothing else could touch her

and so in good faith she had finally come
(or indeed I had brought her)
to this little corner

         of Hell—

                 my world