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Salient. Victoria University of Wellington Students' Newspaper. Vol. 32, No. 22 September 17, 1969


page 6


Reproduction: Jeff Kennedy

page 7

after Otaki

When I have drunk myself to death
dig me no grave and carry no cross
hut lay me bare as bone to the night
or give me a tree to hold to and rot

When I have built my house of hope
and live in a stupor and fall in the dark
just sober enough to fill up my glass
to spit in your face or to kill for a joke

When I have drowned my heart and left
with my spirited words and my dirty song
breathing out blood and sweating wood wine
for a kiss like a nail and a screw with the sun

Then my name will be said not in jest but in flame