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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 8, No. 6. May 25, 1945

to escape—

to escape—

Out of the crooked hole of fate
Come repugnant dreams
Three people in a car
With cold, grey faces, dead
Sitting upright, separate,
Withered from unlived, life
Unhealthy grey flesh
Rotting desire less in the black, bleak
I want to cut with sharp, cold metal
Myself away from this,
Leave furry foot to rot in jagged clamp
But me scope
From this uncleanness of the sick in
To run up on the windcleansed hill
And bathe my face and body
In swift-flowing air
On the top of that great moonless,
rearing slope
And look down on bare sea.