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Salient. Victoria University Students' Newspaper. Volume 39, Number 25. October 4, 1976



A stranger wanders through the household
Grinning and yawning; crystal eyeballs
Plead for explanations;
He sends body in advance,
A clumsy gait-sprawling
Over armchairs, books, complacent thighs;
Clubs at blowflies, wipes his nose
Across your arm, then cries for attention.
Wriggle, won't you, puddle
Down this harmless wilderness
Where wind and blinding rain are only
Children playing games;
Wallop down the hallway-
Arching back and crook of

Tail, skid round the corner:
A mythical beast has hatched,
Quite suddenly, from under the bed.

- Stephen Sinclair

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