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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 11., No. 9. 28th July 1948



Lurching from side to side.
There scrambled beneath my feet.
Lava brittle and green, coke
Frozen by the rust of time;
Polypedes and snakes sleeping
In the hollows of the walls;
A regiment of untouched bows,
Rising to an unsung descant,
And behind the frenzied conductor.
Thrashing, phantom pines.
The wires whined in the wind;
A shadow fell across my face,
A throb, with grind and rasp
The leering faces heaved
And slowly toppled in;
Pantechnicon of granite
Belched down, and bleeding streams
Of liquid, wispy mauve;
Down there I saw in fear
And knelt, and screamed,