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The Spike [or Victoria University College Review 1961]



smooth sensuous shining silver and
cold bold brittle brass
with lazy curve,
fine wire,
hint-tint of golden laughter
give me my music.

simple subtlety
swells with complexity
jabbering hammering,
lilting wilting,
soft breeze wafting
to me o joy

the phrase turns,
the line flows,
stammers, wild utterance
. . . sweltering

river rhythms
rushing surging
pain joy joyous sorrow
ecstatic following
swallowed in the torrent.

the torment over
shivering puzzlement;
the lazy gray metal is cold to touch.

Roy T. Murphy