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The Spike or Victoria University College Review 1935

Coal Hulks, Wellington Harbour

page 33

Coal Hulks, Wellington Harbour

Seven battered ships lying idle on the tide
That washes on each bruised and beaten flank,
Rust-reddened; isolated from their kind,
The sister-shipping at the frenzied wharves:
They lie, and undisturbed disintegrate,
Like lepers, by the beating stream of Trade,
Dreaming—who knows?—of salten spume upsurging,
Cargoes, and far-off quays, and sea-birds'wings.

—Margaret Lloyd.