Title: Cartography

Author: Trevor Hayes

In: Sport 40: 2012

Publication details: Fergus Barrowman, 2014, Wellington

Part of: Sport

Keywords: Verse Literature

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Sport 40: 2012


page 366


It’s a relief to be able to say
I am here—as you look out
on the contour lines, gouged

valleys, watersheds you may
or may not cross, or have crossed.
To read the altitude and note

when to expect an exposed ridge
will become the sheltering belt
of stunted mountain beech is relief

of a sort too. A breeze lifts
your street map from a table at the café
you’re at; a ripple from the territory

you inhabit as you relocate
yourself, uncertainly bearing north.
facing the sun as you walk