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The Spike Victoria University College Review 1944



Poised like a violin bow
Your blue-glazed body swayed
Gently, a flashing moment, in the sun.
I, in the heat was tired,
Weary of drought-parched earth;
Watched you a moment,
Till boyhood's long, lazy days
Of summer lake swimming,
The ringing ducks
And shaded willows
Flashed into mind and passed.
Looking again,
Your slim feet clutching the sedge,
Your chiffon wings,
And the recking brown
Of the peat pool beneath.
Once before, I saw you, years ago,
A dozen brushstrokes on a Chinese silk.

I. W. Davey